After days and days without any drop of rain, which was becoming worrisome for nature, rain falls without interruption for the last days of year and beginning of this one. The river Charente overflows fields and vines take a dip ! Soils get difficulties to absorb so much water in a so small period…
Cognac is known and appreciated all around the world. More than 95 % of this luxury product is exported in around 160 countries. As a paradox, a lot of “cognac lovers” get trouble to identify on a map where it’s coming from…. And if they visit France and cognac region, they are amazed that it could be thus, the name of a city ! Let’s discover the cognac land…
When the berries become translucent, we call it the “veraison”. It usually allows to determine the harvest date, about 40 days later. End August/beginning september is the time of ripening process.
It was a shelter for the winegrower in the past time. The caburote, little house in the middle of the vineyards has no use nowadays. Some of them fall into ruin. It’s really to bad as they are the witness of a no so distant past. They deserve to be restored as an genuine element of the landscape in cognac vineyards.
Nature remains the boss and knows how come back as a reminder of anyone who would forget it. Obviously, the winegrowers don’t belong to this category. They daily work with it and have the memory of at least one painful event. Hail storms last year, unexpected frost on may this year, belong to theses bad memories. In fact, how protect vines and then harvest from climate disasters ? Is it only possible ? What winegrowers feel face to theses moments ? Living in Cognac has met Nicolas, winegrower and deeply involved in Professional Organization on climate subject.
Impossible to miss it when you arrive in the courtyard. The huge fresco on the wall of the distillery, realized with natural but quite original components… Welcome in the creative universe of “les Frères Moine” ie the brothers of family Moine, winegrowers and artists at the same time. The art of blend has no secret for them. The upper stage of the distillery is dedicated to an art gallery called the Preswar. “Les Frères Moine” develop creativity and own values of sharing, both with their cognac, pineau, wines, and with the audacity to highlight artists in the middle of cognac vineyards.
On the top of the hill, it looks great and proud amongst the vineyards. Without doubt it is one of the most interessant dovecote of the cognac region and one of the most important. Built with the white limestone from Charente, this “pigeon loft” has crossed more than 300 years… Welcome to the Pigeonnier d’Ardenne.
Whatever the weather, morning frost, rainy day, or cold wind, day after day, hooded men and women work in vineyards. What happen so important in winter to be there ? Pruning is a key work in vineyards life. Each gesture is important as it really engages the grow up of the vine, the quality of the harvest…
Delicate fragances of vanilla, tostaed bread, almond floating in the air, no doubt I am close to the “bousinage” workshop in Tonnellerie de Jarnac : the kingdom of wood and fire, craftsmanship, and barrels ballet, a fascinating moment. Let’s go together !
Since this first days or this new year, winter is there in cognac region, with its white mornings, frozen fields and vineyards, frozen grass glittering in sun like today, in short, a “temps de saison” as we say in french. And an opportunity to take photos and share them.