The weather over the past two days has been sensational. Cool overnight, sun and blue skies during the day with just the odd fluffy cloudy from time to time. The forecast is less promising for later this week. It is so dry at the moment that a little rain would be good.
Clos Roche Blanche
Busy picking Gamay at La Tesnière by hand with a group of experienced pickers, who include some over 70 years old as well as Laurent, a former restaurateur from Brooklyn, New York. “The Gamay is coming in a 12˚ potential,” said Didier Barouillet, co-owner and winemaker. “Overall the level of acidity is a degree higher than last year. The Cabernet is at 13.2% potential alcohol but the acidity is still too high at 7.5. There is a lot of tartaric acid this year because temperatures during the growing period have been lower than the average for the last 30 years. The Côt is at 12.3% with a similar level of acidity. We’ll pick those next week – possibly the Cabernet before the Côt, which is most unusual – normally we always pick the Côt first.”
Hope to see Jean-François Merieau, Domaine des Bois Vaudons later this week.