Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I've been down in the Languedoc for the past 10 days sorting out a family funeral which is why there haven't been any posts. But it was quite striking how different the vineyards were looking at this time of year.
I would say about half were carpeted in wild flowers and plants and the rest immaculately plant- and weed-free. This wouldn't have happened even five years ago when the health of a vineyard was judged by how tidy it looked.
The shot above was taken in the vineyards running down to Puissalicon - they could well have been those of Domaine Bassac who I was writing about the other day.
Below are the vineyards of Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine I visited last October and whose Sauvignon no. 2 I re-tasted with great pleasure the other day. Interestingly it was better 24 hours after it was opened than the first day but I failed to note what type of day it was on the biodynamic calendar.
You can't help but feel the vigour and diversity of these vineyards translates into the live quality of the respective wines.