I have been fairly hectic over the past couple of weeks with a number of different projects (both wine and non-wine), and so haven’t been able to return to my series of posts exploring minerality in wine. I am also aware that I had a mini-series on Sauternes running on the blog (I think I was on wine number seven) and then there was my short series of ‘Loire Misunderstood’ posts. I need to get back to all of these themes. Having said that, all these plans will have to go on hold for a week as I am leaving early tomorrow morning for the Loire in order to see how the 2013 harvest is progressing.
I fly out early Sunday morning, but will then spend a few hours kicking my heels in Stansted airport near London before my next flight onto Tours. If all goes well I should be inspecting the vineyards of Vouvray and Montlouis by early evening on Sunday. It will be fascinating (and perhaps also rather sad) to see for myself how they look after the devastating hailstorm the region experienced earlier this year. Hopefully, those vines that escaped the hail will be doing rather well; reports from the region that have so far come my way certainly suggest that might be so, and with good weather forecast for the rest of the week there is still reason to hope in this particular part of the Loire.
My itinerary is pretty loose, so who knows who I will encounter over the next few days? Maybe François Chidaine (pictured above), maybe other less famous vignerons. I will report day by day, on the state of the vines and the fruit, on harvest activity, and on any other little nuggets of information regarding the 2013 vintage that come my way. Expect a focus on the upper parts of Loire, especially Vouvray, Montlouis, the Viticole Sologne and Cher Valley, Reuilly, Quincy, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
These harvest reports will be free for all to read, on this blog. I won’t be able to make updates for the more in-depth articles behind the paywall over the next few days, but will naturally resume this after my return at the end of the week. Right, that’s it; let’s get my bag packed.