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As I confirmed in my blog post on gfwineblog, the grape harvest for the sparkling Methode Traditionelle started on Monday 28 August. Ridiculously early (last year it was the 19 September) as we have had such hot dry weather over most of the summer. I popped over to an Anjou estate yesterday with some wine tour guests and witnessed the harvest of Chardonnay for the Saumur sparkling appellation. I tried the juice with the winemaker and he gave the acid level at 6.6% and the potential alcohol at 11.5% so just about right; it certainly does not need to be any more maturity. Funnily enough the winemaker missed the first day of the harvest as he was still on holiday!

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  Hey ‘George’ Mindy Alex and Christina with the final photo shoot, with Saumur chateau and the loire river as a backdrop, to their epic wine tour of the Saumur appellation. Cab franc reigns supreme in the generic and village appellations of Puy Notre Dame and Champigny. They even got to witness one of the earliest vendanges on record with the pressing of the chardonnay at Vieux Pressoir for the methode ancestrale sparkling saumur brut. thanks to Virginie for a great tasting of the wines and a tour of the chai. Great. Will they be back?

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A very interesting wine tour with guests as we witnessed the vendange of the chardonnay grapes for the saumur sparkling appellation wine. Here are Eve, Alister, Heather and Paul sampling the juice from the press

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 Just popped down to the potager for some raspberries for breakfast. One hour or so later and look what appeared!

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 A jaunt to my favourite of estates for a tickle of tasting with guests Andy and Kirsty from London town. Chateau de Chaintres has moved on a little bit since Richard left with an extension to the wine list. The wines remain well presented and there is sufficient selection to satisfy all occasions. Andy and Kirsty were suitably impressed and enjoyed the afternoon jaunt. I hope we have two more disciples to champion the wines of the Loire and in particular Saumur Champigny. Like them if you try hard you can discover the true wines of the Loire and enjoy the experience at the same time.

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  If you are passing through the Loire why not pop into the Enfin du Vin in Candes St Martin. Its a jolly good place to have a light lunch of Saucisson and fromage with a wine from a great selection. We plumped for a bin end 2010  Muscadet Serve et Maine from Vincent Caille. In the Loire you have to first and foremost think vintage and 2010 was just that. Structured with deep peach flavours just right with our fine array of cheeses. A lovely day out on the Loire/Vienne rummaging amongst the antiques and bric a brac at Montsoreau. Busy.

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  Pottering along quite merrily today. Ducking the showers and mixing it up with the french tasters of wine trying to look intelligent and interested whilst it all goes on around us. No actually a fun visit to our favourite estate with Robert and Clare enjoying a long afternoon amongst the french visitors. Jolly good.

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   An evening with guests at our local bistro Le Puy a Vin in the lovely town of Puy Notre Dame. Its a fully organic place so both wine and food are organic. Ian, Daniel, Ruth and Mandy had all been on one of our wine tours so were very adept at choosing the wines. An Anjou blanc from Chateau Bois-Brincon and a Chinon Blanc both chenin grape wines of course. My choice a Cour-Cherverny from Touraine with its own grape variety Romorantin. It has an intense mineral taste not dissimilar to Chardonnay to which it is related.

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 A super sunny day for checking out the delights of the wines of the Loire valley with Amanda, Debbie, Ian, Neil, Daniel and Ruth. Such a variety that you would be hard pressed not to find one that you will enjoy. Our guests sampled the delights of Anjou blanc and rouge, two IGP’s sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, two pinks dry and demi-sec, three sparklers and three luscious sweets. Wow.

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Biodynamic calendar

Sunday is the day for the our biodynamic calendar for the next seven days so you are able to find the right time to open your wine on the day when it will be at its best

Here’s our week for drinking wine based on the biodynamic calendar. Go on you should try it. Wine can taste better on the right days and here is our guide to follow. We’ve given you some ideas on the wine to drink on the good days ie fruit and flower. Enjoy.

Monday – Leaf

Tuesday – Leaf until 5.01 am then Fruit

Wednesday – Fruit

Thursday – Fruit until 5.36 am then Root

Friday – Root

Saturday – Root

Sunday – Root until 5.15 am then Flower

Why not try a bottle from our stock at gfwine.co.uk.

 

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