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October 28, 2013

Comparing 2013 to past vintages

« The year was late due to a cold and wet spring and a flowering that was almost 15 days behind a normal year. This was followed by a dry summer that gave way to a beautiful sunny September with cool nights: a perfect recipe for deeply colored grapes that maintained acidity into maturity.  Spring rains […]

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December 07, 2012

Massal selection

When we plant a vineyard, we are making decisions for 20, 30 or 50 years. The choices we make need to be considered carefully because beyond ourselves, they often engage generations to come.  When you think about it, this kind of decision is truly an anachronism in a society that is increasingly fast, where the […]

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September 13, 2012

2012 Harvest: Initial Observations

What does the 2012 vintage look like? If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question! But the truth is I really can’t answer until everything has been harvested and is in the winery. However, here are some observations about the harvest that is just beginning. We find ourselves at the […]

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November 17, 2011

Explaining the different terroirs of Costières de Nîmes

I had the pleasure of showing James Molesworth of Wine Spectator around our appellation earlier this month, and in showing him the different terroirs in Costieres it got me thinking that it might be a subject that would interest more than a few wine nerds.  So here it goes… Costières de Nîmes is most southern […]

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November 04, 2011

Fermentation: stems or no stems?

Fermentation with or without stems? The answer may seem obvious given that destemmers have been considered a true improvement and the elimination of everything but the grapes has been a “must” for great wines lately. And yet … During our recent working vacations in California and Burgundy we met a handful of winemakers that swear by whole cluster fermentation. Seduced by their […]

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September 10, 2011

What will the 2011 vintage bring?

Here we are at the very beginning of our harvest, and we winemakers are already  impatient to read the quality of our vintage, even though we can only talk about the potential of the grapes to date. So these are my observations thus far.  This year’s winter gave us enough cold for a solid period […]

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August 23, 2011

Starting our vinification of Viognier

Today is August 23rd in Costieres de Nimes and it’s time to gear up the winery. We’ll be starting our vinification of Viognier we picked last Thursday & Friday and that we put in cold storage over the weekend. We do this in order to get grapes at a nice cold temperature which prevents oxidation […]

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August 03, 2011

An Afternoon at a Course Camarguaise (Part II)

As you have hopefully gathered from my previous post, the true interest of a Course Camarguaise is the “raset”, the encounter between man and bull. The best “raset” is one that allows the bull to show what he is capable of. If the “raseteur” dares to run a straight line, he risks everything. The sight […]

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July 28, 2011

An Afternoon at a Course Camarguaise (Part I)

This is the story of our wine Lou Coucardié.  For all those people who ask me what it means, why use a name that is so hard to spell, let alone pronounce, I want to share with you our afternoon at a “Course Camarguaise” this past Sunday.  But before I do I need to give […]

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