Harvest of red: we started with the 20 years old vines in the plain, the new sorting machines are more cost-effective this year, the same bunch gave us ripe fruit, dry fruit, rotten and green grapes. Hurrah for the tribaie, this machine is able to sorts by density.
Mr. Fakorellis, first name Athanase, stopped by to taste batches of whites before pre-blending. A portrait of him is being done by Marilyn Johnson-Widocq, our photographer-reporter-columnist in I love Saint Emilion.
We ate for lunch a few cepes picked by Virginie with a nice omelet paired with Malartic Lagravière blanc 2002 made by Athanase, a pale yellow golden color, fat and complex palate, surprising wine and good.
Valandraud 2009, the 2nd bottle we drank after bottling, full of fruit, no feeling of wood, concentrated, because I know it, but barely noticeable. A delicacy of red fruits, black and grapes, this is probably a very fine wine, so accessible that some mischievous minds will say again “it’s too good”, and so on so forth…