mercredi 23 octobre 2013
Let enjoy these days that still feel almost summer (about 25°C yesterday afternoon) and go for a walk within the Champagne region bearing pretty colors
The "bouvreux" (small clusters of second generation) are still ripening
These temperatures bring fairly violent storms for the season with heavy rains. Almost 50mm of rain fell in two storms, Sunday and Tuesday.
The harvest in 2013 ended after nine days, Friday, Oct. 11. Here are the latest photos:
A glass of Rosé to celebrate the last baskets
Back to the house for the last meal called "Cochelet"!
A big thank you to all our staff for their hard work and good atmosphere. Nearly 26 000 kg were cut and carried from baskets to boxes and boxes to tow.
See you next year!
mercredi 9 octobre 2013
Day 6 - Tuesday October, 7th
A sunny day in the "Jardin" plot with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier
The sixth day ends with a still relatively clear sky but it will not last
Day 7 - Wednesday, October 9th
Early morning in the sun then clouds followed by drizzling rain and some coolness...
mardi 8 octobre 2013
Day 4 - October, Sunday 6th
With mist and moisture but still head in the leaves
Day 5 - October, Monday 7th
Thick fog but gave way to a beautiful sunny day
Boxes waiting for grapes
Chardonnay at "Chapitres" plots
Pinot Meunier at "Chapitres" plot
Hard this year! But it is not practical to harvest laying down in the vineyards!
On the fifth day, more than 15 000 kg were cut through nine pairs of hands working hard harvesting and the grape porter is to empty the baskets and fill the crates.
Samedi 5 octobre - Red Wine Vinification for the elaboration of Rosé Champagne
The grapes are sorted to keep only the most beautiful and the most mature ones.
At the end of the table, the grapes are de-stemmed (without steps, that way the berries are not broken)
Then the berries are pumped
To get in the tank which will host the maceration
And here's what the rest of the clusters, only the raid
Saturday was also the day of the reactivation of the traditional press.
The 4000 kg of grapes (which corresponds to a pomace) are ready on the dock waiting for manual loading
Once loaded the press, clusters have to be spread evenly across the press
The tray lowers to start pressing
The first juice flow
An hour later, the first press is completed.
The "press cake" has to be return
Then, there will be two other presses and two other press cakes to return.