Tuesday January, 22nd was a bank holiday for everyone who work in the vineyards of Champagne. St. Vincent, patron saint of winegrowers was honored. A mass was given to thank Saint Vincent for the previous harvest and to protect the vines for the coming year. Brioche and new wine were blessed.
This year, for the first time apparently "Saint Vincent stick" was held by a winegrower living in Branscourt and perhaps the most snowy one for a long time.
"Saint Vincent stick"
After the mass, we came back to Janvry for the traditional cup of good cheer.
Flag of the "Brotherhood of Auche" (Confrérie de l'Auche) established in 1984.