Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Visit of the vineyards in Pomerol

Visit and tasting with Michel Puzio (Croix de Labrie) and Philippe Fezas (Seguin Moreau) of our properties in Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol.

The grapes in Pomerol, Le Clos du Beau Père (ex Ratouin, ex Angelus in Pomerol – 2 ha) and the Domaine des Sabines in Lalande de Pomerol are already changing colors and you can already see the difficulty to get an homogenous harvest: bunches with bays of different sizes, shatter, differences in maturity. I believe that the sorting tables I am planning to buy or rent will be quite useful this year. The wines from 2006 are good and evolving well.

The Vignobles Fayat-Thunevin in Pomerol went through a regrettable accident: Our new Jaguar experienced a malfunction in the hydraulic system (this is the least we can say) and sprayed oil on ten rows. The grapes from these rows having been polluted are lost (at the price of the m², it represents a good sum of money). Will the vines and soil be affected? Possible. Experts will tell us. This will give us even a smaller harvest. The rest of the vineyard has been more balanced since last year, the 2006 will be part of the successes in Pomerol. This was confirm in different tasting.

In Lalande Pomerol, the vineyard looks normal, up to now this is rather good considering this difficult vintage . The 2006 will also be of a good level. The intensive work in the vineyards is almost finished, the last treatments, the last trimmings, finishing off. The cellars have been repainted with lime, it was necessary.

For me, work in the office is more relaxed: a job meeting concerning a senior position available at one of my friend’s companies and we hope to get nice weather for the next 75 days.

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