Harvest With The Bretons

In early October, Loire Valley vigneron Pierre Breton, of Domaine Catherine et Pierre Breton,  sent out daily emails updating us on how harvest was going. He included a couple photos and a few words about what they did each day. I started anticipating his daily missive and thought it would be great to share with the Kermit Lynch community. Below you’ll find his photos and his daily writings.

Monday, October 4, 2010

We just began this morning. It rained for 2 hours, but the sun soon came out. The fruit is ready. More news later.

10-4-10-Harvest-Gathering-SmallAssembling the troops before harvesting

10-4-10-Harvesting-SmallHarvest starts!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

After 24 hours in tank, the grape bunches are transferred to cuve to make “La Dilettante.”
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Third morning of harvest and I’ll speak French!
Picking great quality fruit from the Buzardière vineyard. This parcel makes up part of the Nuit d’Ivresse bottling. The team is superb and good weather has returned (my bad back has returned too!).

10-6-10-Harvesting-for-Nuits-d'Ivresse-2-SmallThe Buzardière vineyard

10-6-10-Harvesting-for-Nuits-d'Ivresse-3-SmallCatherine Breton—proof that winemakers actually do spend time in the vineyards

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Our fourth day of harvest!
We are picking in the Clos Sénéchal vineyard today. The sun is out and the team is in good spirits.
Bonne journée

10-7-10-Harvesting-in-the-Clos-Senechal-1-SmallCatherine picking with th vendangeurs


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The end of harvest.
Yesterday was very difficult and long and I had a hard time making it through the day. The wines we make are only possible thanks to Marcel Lapierre. The first time I met him was in 1987, which determined what I was looking for in wine and in my life. We will miss the man of Morgon.


10-12-10-Post-Harvest-Gathering-SmallA post-harvest gathering

10-12-10-Epaulé-et-Jété-SmallWinemaker in training

10-12-10-Pierre-Breton-SmallPierre Breton

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