2017 France and Spanish tasting trip

Planning our annual tip to France is always fun and this year we seem to have been busier than ever, August was full on         finishing with a great time at Children in Need Carfest, the next weekend was our Autumn tasting and then bags packed off we fled to Newhaven to catch the Ferry to France

Monday morning and firstly we set off for the wine store at Rivesaltes to deliver the wine we have already purchased to be put m

on a pallet ready for delivery to the UK.

After a few days break we make our way across the Spanish plains and visit Galicia from here we will move on to Ribera del Duero and Rioja.

Again we return to France where we visit two more of our wineries in the West of France. Then all to soon we are back on,the ferry to Portsmouth.

2017 trip to the Continent has been great we are adding two new wineries to the Carte and several new wines will be added too. Three weeks goes very quickly!

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Château de la Tour Chollett

Marian on Sun 24 Sep

Château de la Tour Chollett

Sunday morning and we drop in to see Kirsty and Paul, all is calm here today as their white grapes have all been harvested and the red ones are hanging on the wines awaiting picking. 

Château Viella

Marian on Fri 22 Sep

Château Viella

Château Viella can be found in the village of Viella this is a beautiful area of rural France this year we are staying in the village in a B&B run by a lovely English lady.

Before we relax we call in at the Château and are greeted by Clair who is the owner’s daughter, she and her sister have just joined the team, her English is brilliant which of course makes our visit here much easier.

Bodegas David Moreno

Marian on Wed 20 Sep

Bodegas David Moreno,

We are now staying in Haro the Capital of Rioja and make our way to Bodegas David Moreno, we have been visiting this vineyard since 2003 when we happened on it one day where we were cycling around the area. We weren’t in the wine trade just wine enthusiasts so when we started Carte-du-Vin in 2010 David Moreno wines had to be included on the Carte.

 

Bodegas Prios Maximus

Marian on Tue 19 Sep

Bodegas Prios Maximus

We leave Galicia and make our way to Ribera del Deuro the sun shines and we arrive at our Hotel which is a converted Monastery with Thermal Pool in time for a quick glass of Rose before we meet Dani at Prios.

 

Bodegas Samieras

Marian on Mon 18 Sep

Bodegas Samieras

We have stocked Samieras 1040 for several years but never had the opportunity to visit the Vineyard or meet Antonio the vigneron.

So, Sat Nav set, off we go - if only it was that easy we had one of those times where we just went around in ever decreasing circles, then when travelling through a small village we noticed a sign on a door and bingo we had found Bodegas Samieras.

 

J.L Denois Artisan Vigneron

Marian on Fri 15 Sep
  1. J.L Denois Artisan Vigneron

We have been looking for a tradition Cremant from France as an alternative to Champagne.

After some research, we are pleased to say we have found Jean Louis Denois who originally came from Champagne and is now making his Cremant in the traditional champanoise method. The wine we have purchased here is a mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,

 

Domaine Treloar

Marian on Thu 14 Sep

Domaine Treloar

Thursday we have been invited to join Jonathan & Rachel at Domaine Treloar for lunch, they have both been up since first thing as harvest is in full swing here. By the time we arrive they will have picked several tons of grapes transported them back to the vineyard where they are de-stemmed and put into tanks to start fermentation.

 

Château Rouquette

Marian on Tue 12 Sep

Château Rouquette

After a pleasant lunch looking at the Mediterrean we move onto the next vineyard.

Château Rouquette is owned by the Boscary family, they have been making wine here for four generations, today Jacques, Dominique, their two sons Arnaud and François run the estate

Domaine Grangette

Marian on Tue 12 Sep

Domaine Grangette

Today we have been joined by friends from home, no rest though we are visiting two vineyards today.

The first visit is to Domaine Grangette where we buy our Picpoul de Pinet, we have stocked this wine for 6 years and its popularity in the UK grows all the time.

 

Domaine Sicard

Marian on Mon 11 Sep

Domaine Sicard

We leave Corbêires and continue to the next wine region of Minervois

 

Château Spencer la Pujade.

Marian on Mon 11 Sep

 Château Spencer la Pujade.

Next stop Corbiêres where Sebastian is waiting for us at Château Spencer la Pujade, he is the nicest man and a very talented wine maker.

Château l’Argentier

Marian on Sun 10 Sep

Château l’Argentier

Our last visit today is further south again a small producer near Montpellier they are still in the Languedoc region.

Domaine Berthet Rayne

Marian on Sun 10 Sep

Domaine Berthet Rayne

Sunday morning and we visit one of original suppliers in the Côtes du Rhone Village Cairaane Domaine Berthet-Rayne.

Domaine Grangeneuve

Marian on Sat 9 Sep

Domaine Grangeneuve

100k further south we drop in at Domaine Grangeneuve we have now been stocking their wines for 3 years and we are here today to re-stock our shelves.

Domaine du Murinais – Crozes Hermitage

Marian on Sat 9 Sep

Domaine du Murinais – Crozes Hermitage

Saturday and it is raining no problem as we need to head south to visit a new Domaine in the Northern Cotes du Rhone.

Pierre Brigandat & Fils

Marian on Fri 8 Sep

Pierre Brigandat & Fils – Channes

Arriving at Dieppe at 5:00 am we make our way to the first producer on our list.

Travelling along country roads towards #PierreBrigandat & Fils the villages are decorated with paper flowers this was for the annual “Route du champagne fête 2017” 

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