The big hypermarket in Sainte Foy launches its autumn wine fair. They asked us to include our 2011 Cotes de Bergerac rouge as a "special".The launch evening was great fun and everyone loved the tastings.
Autumn ladies tresses. The last orchid of the year. Easy to overlook the spiral stem with tiny white flowers. And much rarer than grand cru wine.
Humphrey checks the coulour of the Merlot juice. Fabulous taste! So the white juice is fermenting now as is the Merlot we took for rosé. After two days of harvest we will wait the end of next week to harvest the Semillon. Then later the red Cabernets. Meantime we are celebrating with a barbecue with our New York based relatives.
This little Reinette or green tree frog was hiding in the drawing board as we washed up from post harvest lunch.
Yesterday we harvested some of the Merlot. A lovely flavour. Today after a big thunderstorm in the night we are harvesting the Sauvignon Blanc and some Semillon for the dry white. With the thunder rolling, but the rain stopped, harvest is dramatic today.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.