Archive for April 20, 2015

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Asparagus from our potager

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 The sun shines bright and warm these April days in the Loire valley. We are blessed and indeed lucky to be living in this lovely place.

Our kitchen garden has started to bring us fresh produce and today we harvested some lovely asparagus which we will have simply sautéd in a frying pan with butter and served with shavings of parmesan cheese salt and freshly ground black pepper. Yum.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

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The 2014 Loire Valley Vintage report

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If you fancy a trip to the Loire valley this year and you want to enjoy the wine then here is an update on the 2014 vintage.

 The 2014 wine vintage in the Loire valley France has proved to be a good one generally with the late sunshine in September, although there will inevitably be some producers who picked too early and left the berries too unripe with stringent tannins.  I tasted over 200 wines from the 2014 vintage at the Angers wine fair in February and a goodly number had picked too early probably because of the worry of the berries rotting if left on the vine. You might have said that I was a little early with my opinion and the hopes for the vintage but I said back in August 2014 lets look at the facts to date. Don’t forget that the vintage each year relates to everything that happens from the winter onwards (maybe sooner – that’s a separate question). The winter was mild and the spring also mild with not too much wind and rain. We had therefore a good start which dictates the bud development from pruning and the flowering in June. The bud formation was good with little damage from the cold and wet weather so little loss of buds and therefore a good idea on how much bunch development we can expect. Development had been about the norm for this region and in June we had the flowering of the berries. Again it was pretty good with good development and with little damage. With the bud formation allowing full development we had a chance of full yield allowance. In Anjou we had some hail in June so there has been some damage to the bunch development. From the spring the weather had been variable and in some areas quite wet whilst in others we  had some warmth and sunshine. So it was a mixed bag as ever in the Loire but thankfully we retained some good weather in the latter half of the season and a good harvest with ripe berries was forthcoming although there was that difficult decision late on about when to harvest particularly with the red grapes. They need to be ripe otherwise the tannins will be harsh and bitter and so will the wine when drunk. As ever it is only the best wine makers who will shine with their vintages in 2014.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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2014 Bordeaux vintage

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Not being an expert myself here is an opinion on the 2014 Bordeaux wines.

In 2014, the majority of basic Bordeaux appellation wines and especially the ones in Cotes de Bordeaux and Fronsac are juicy, fresh and lively. There was very little bitterness or unripe tannins. The few unbalanced wines were those that over-extracted, creating tannic, tough wines with little charm. There are going to be some great value wines coming from Medoc, Haut-Medoc and the right bank Cotes de Bordeaux region.

Many of these generic Bordeaux reds will be ready to drink only a few years after they are bottled – enjoy them starting in 2017. This vintage is not a 2010 or a 2005, that is for sure, but it has ripe fruit, charm and great drinkability. Given this fact, the vintage overall should be considered very good, with the top chateaux making excellent wines.

At the top end, the most successful communes were Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe on the left and Pomerol on the right bank. In terms of pure quality the top commune would have to be Pauillac for the sheer number of very good to excellent wines, but the Saint-Estèphe has texture and quality of tannins that are traditionally tough and ungiving until 4-7 years after bottling.

Besides the usual superstars (Cos d’Estournel and Montrose), the wines of Saint-Estèphe are consistent and balanced. Other communes to take a look at are Calon Segur, Lillian Ladouys, Phelan Segur, Lafon-Rochet, La Dame de Montrose, Tronquoy-Lalande, Meyney and Ormes de Pez.

Wine tours blog ing is fun with our wine tours blog so log on regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine tours scene or something quite different you never know.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog