We’ve just published a new page on our site – How to taste wine. It includes some great tips from our resident wine blogger Miss Pinot Noir!
Take a read hear: Great Burgundy wine tasting tips
So the grape harvest finished last week, being unusually late this year. The poor grape pickers were outdoors in the cool misty days of autumn, rather than the sunshine of summer; but the work is done and the wines are now fermenting in the tanks and the barrels. Following on from small yields in 2011 and 2012, 2013 is another year where the quantities will be small due to the cool spring; but that’s nature for you – you have to take what comes!
Going back to the subject of ‘Terroir’. This is a concept which encompasses several factors including soil composition, position of the plants on the slope, degree of inclination, position of the slopes (facing more east, south etc), drainage etc. The accumulation of these factors means that a given area will have more or less potential to produce good or great wines. The monks who planted these vineyards had already noticed this hundreds of years ago, and so they had already classified the vineyards. In 1936 the official classification came into being with the vineyards being classified into 4 different categories. Each different plot or parcel has a name, and so amazingly, in Burgundy, with only 2 grapes – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we can make 1400 different wines!
Miss Pinot Noir
Well another lovely evening aboard the barge Apres Tout. Thank you for a beautiful, personal, memorable, 6 nights of ‘French ness’ and for letting us be a part of your family. You are truly a family and we appreciate being with you and getting to know you… Caroline, Rory, Nick and Hannah! Can’t say what a favourite might be … the boys and the bike adventure after sun set? The lovely sun set on the river, the lunch in the vineyard with the ‘Madame’ who was extraordinary! The amazing talented artist, the market and the wine bars in the centre!! The jeep ride and the wine tastings with Nick – 5 star! Truffle hunting OR simply coming aboard in the evening being greeted with a warm smile, cocktail and baited hook (ala Rory) Simply THANK YOU for making us FOR EVER a part of your family.
Kim and Rick
Where to begin? We have fallen in love with Rory Nick, Caroline and Hannah! Every meal was a work of art and every moment a complete pleasure. From Nick the historian, wine expert, driver; Hannah our beautiful young artist, friend; Caroline the vivacious and talented hostess and chef to our hero Rory, who cruised through every lock with perfection and turned out to be King of Rock and dancer supreme! Merci, merci
Jim and Julie, Kansas City