Garstang Wine Circle Tour 2016 Day 1

Garstang Wine Circle Tour 2016  Day 1

Hotting up in the Corbières

2016 a very hot and dry year for their vines - Chateau La BaronneOur first stop of the tour was with Anne Lignères from Château La Baronne in Moux.  Always a pleasure to see Anne as she not only speaks excellent English, she also has a great sense of humour .  She needed all this good humour as she showed us her organic vinyards- some dating back 120 years.  She has had very little rainfall for a number of months and as a result her vines were very stunted with some grapes no bigger than peas.  As she has been organic and bio-dynamic for a number of years and knows her vines are strong enough to withstand the drought but her yeild will be much lower this year.  The group absoutley loved the visit – with the fascinating teracotta amphores and ‘eggs’ for both fermenting and ageing.  They loved her wines even more, especially the vermentino and her 100% carrignan.  A great start to the tour.

Free lunch in Narbonne – nothing nicer than dining like a local on a terrace -watching the world go by – luckily we left no-one behind as we headed out of Narbonne and had an interesting guided visit to the Abbey of Fronfroide followed by a tasting in their cellars of the wines produced there.  A happy but tired group then headed back in the bus to their home for the week – the Hotel Modern et Pigeon in Limoux.

 

 

  • Anne Lignères, Chateau La Baronne

  • Jennifer has the 'nose' for wine tasting

  • Oak barrels and teracotta eggs at Chateau La Baronne

  • Vermentino grapes fermenting in a teracotta amphorae

  • Bottoms up!

  • Cracked egg!

  • Made in Italy

  • The technical side of wine-making

  • International workers in wine

  • Bio-Dynamic wine made in amphora

  • Ready for loading grapes into the press

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