We quickly toured our vineyards in Pomerol with a Japanese journalist, then stopped at La Dominique and then walked around the vineyards of Fleur Cardinale and Valandraud ... a stroll through the vineyards is worth all the speeches, provided one has the ability to read these back roads.
Dominique invited us to the Comptoir de Saint Genès, always full of local business people: barrel vendors, consultants and owners. At our table was a well-known real estate agent which gave us the opportunity to speak about properties, buying, selling, prices, and that was good for my bankers from the BNP were also there. We drank a wine from Castillon, obviously, vinified by our friend Jean Michel: Chateau L’Estang 2005, double-locked (the wine ;-), not him)
Everywhere, cellars are getting ready to receive the harvest, Murielle, with a team of 20 people, did some finishing touches in our vineyards: deleafing here, thinning there, always, always to improve quality.
Meanwhile, the 2007 vintage is being bottles in Pomerol for Le Clos du Beau Père and Bad Boy: we're not early, it's the least I can say. We'll see if next year we’ve made up for all these delays.
Meeting of the Cercle Rive Droite this morning at the Chateau de Pressac, our neighbor in the town of Saint Etienne de Lisse where lost of things happen these days. The cellar in Faugères is almost finished, and is being noticed. In my opinion, it’s a good thing (which means that it is not the opinion of everyone!)
Thursday morning, the first harvest of our Sauvignon Gris.