A Much Needed 2020 at Luneau-Papin
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September 30th, 2020:
The world seems affected and infected by a terrible virus which is multiplying at high speed. At the
While the vineyard team is busy, at the office it's a different atmosphere. While Sabine, Lydie and I became part-time school teachers (like many others) the fairs, visits and international trips are canceled. Customers around the world are in slow motion. We reinvented ourselves from the start of containment in France thanks to the support of our friends and customers with regular deliveries to Nantes. By activating our networks, we were able to cover some of the stock from usual orders we were not receiving.
There is no partial unemployment at the
Phew, here we are in mid-July, the vines are superb and the sky too. We are talking about harvesting in mid-August (with all that that entails with most people on vacation!) But the season is very beautiful and the vines are slowing their pace. Whatever happens, the
End of summer/fall 2020 :
On August 24, the permanent team of the
During these 13 consecutive days of
In terms of the balance of the juices, it is a real relief not seen for many
2020: The Most Precocious Vintage in Eight Generations
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We just finished up the
A Good, Socially Distanced 2020 At Santuvario
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We are doing well and the
We have just finished the
We are attaching two photos:
A warm greeting and a big hug,
Some Nice Photos from 2020 at Cascina 'Tavijn
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Some Pictures from Cantina Giardino's 2020
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A Very Interesting 2020 At Domaine de La Pépière
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September 22nd, 2020:
We are almost done with
Over the last decade, it has been very hard to understand how climate change will affect us in the long term; 2020 was the most precocious
So we started picking on August 24th, under a sun that stayed with us through the entire
We harvested the grapes for the "Briords"
We started our second week (still in August, Monday the 31st) in the
On Monday, September 7th, we picked the vines above the
We harvested the
When you think that you harvested some of your reds on a date when, 20 or 30 years ago, a
2020 Vineyard and Dog Update from Matassa
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August 27th, 2020:
We have just finished the 2020
Unfortunately Palkia, our beloved black labrador died in her sleep in May which left us all distraught but Arzak was completely lost until we took in a little braque puppy, Ina who had been left in a box outside a local refuge in
A 2020 Full of New Suprises at Renardat-Fâche!
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October 14th, 2020:
The best way to resume 2020 is precocious. After a spring that couldn't wait like most of us in confinement, the vegetation went into warp speed.
Lots of new things in Mérignat!
It's a "20"
- A still
The more serious work began on the 2nd when our full team of lovely harvesters joined us. For 12 days, they picked
We are very excited to see where these go!
A Very Special 2020 At Fabbrica di San Martino
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January 21st, 2021:
As has been common in recent
In the last years it has become important to bring grapes with good
We were blessed on the 10th of August to get a very nice and fresh rainstorm, allowing the vines to restart growing. In the end, the grapes were good in both quality and quantity, healthy with a very nice
2020 seems to be a very nice
2020: Staying "Moderately Prolix" at Bellivière
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November 9th, 2020:
I'd sum up 2020 as the year when we stop complaining about the capricious nature of our climate and instead act, react, adapt and get used to it. As humans, we are much slower to adapt than plants and animals; or at least we do not have the same biological rhythm. It's difficult to be in harmony with nature, which we know so little about, when we continue to prioritize productivity and pseudo-modernism. In our case, we need to discern, focus, reflect, analyse and refine our methods in what we feel is the best direction. It's the esteemed common sense of a good
After four years of "vaches maigres" (ed note: a French expression translating to "skinny cows", or lean crops), 2020 was a blessed year for us. It's certainly a tad premonitory at the time of this writing, especially for you all in the USA... All this to say 2020 was the biggest crop we've ever harvested in our history as
Other than a very dry summer (this is increasingly becoming the norm), the vegetative cycle was magnificent. We feel this result could not have been possible without our past efforts in the vineyards, the soil and the vines. The life of the soil and the deep roots of the vines into the
The grapes followed a development cycle of ideal
We were lucky to have a formidable team for the
The pace of evolution of the new wines is slow but steady, we are following with precision the successful
We'll have also have a bit of
We are now back in the vines, with the wines progressively evolving. The moment of fruit will soon fade for
As an aside, as I write these lines (just to give you an idea how much we have been fixated on your election and everything going on on the other side of the ocean), we got the news. I hope that this victory and a new president will enact the changes we all hope to see for a better future.
Eric and the whole Bellivière team.