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.
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.
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.
He/she wakes up early morning, generally between 4 and 6, each day, during the distillation time. As for a single-handed round world race, he/she crosses non-stop several weeks or months depending from the quantity of vine to be distilled. Even if modern facilities such as computer controlled devices, and gaz heating allow to sleep at home and no more in the distillery, the distiller takes great care of each distillation, trusting on his/her five senses.
October month is very busy in cognacvineyards. Harvest time is on. Depending of the previous seasons, harvest begins early october or mid october, but always in this month. We felt really good as living a never-ended summer, and the morning mist gave the landscape a fairytale atmosphere… Continue reading October means harvest month in cognac
After a year of hard work, hoping that the weather conditions would be nice enough till the cognac harvest time, the single most important decision of the winegrower is to choose the right day to begin harvest. It looks like a very subtle balance betweeen professionnal skills and intuition, and requires a fair amount of experience. Needless to say that it’s a nerve-wracking period, especially when the weather has played unkind tricks like this year in cognac vineyards.
As for many of us, september means “back to work”. Fortunately we live in a so lovely countryside in Charente, that with sunny and warm weather, it seemed to be still holidays time in cognac vineyards … A lot of nice things to do and to see, and first of all, the famous “circuit des remparts d’Angoulême”. A race in the town for classic and vintage cars, and the opportunity for a car stroll the day before in cognac vineyards and charente landscape for many drivers, a lot of them coming from abroad each year. Continue reading September in cognac vineyards, the indian summer
Let me tell you the true story of a sleeping beauty in cognac vineyards and of two princes of design, elegance, and creativity coming for Miami. For Pierre and Max, it has been love at first sight for this 15th century manor left to rot for a too long time.
“In twenty years when I look back on this chapter of my life, I hope I will remember most the regular walks we take around the Logis with our three dogs, and our cat Nelson. We walk, the dogs unleashed and totally free, for hours-on-end and pass through forests and farmland, by lakes and rivers, and rarely see anyone. The communal destination-of-choice is a source which was framed in carved limestone over 600 years ago and where today the dogs love to swim. And then I think, “Where else in the world in 2010, and only 2 hours from Paris by train” ?
This poetic words, Max wrote them in the agenda he created to highlight “the best of Charente”. Since 2010, 7 editions have beeen printed for the new year, each of them with a special tone : stone of Charente, gastronomy and cognac, roman art, skilled artisans, history and so on…
Belgian native, Pierre worked for a long time in States and felt the desire to return back in Europe, and Max, american citizen, who studyied for a while in Firenza, dreamed to live on the old continent. One day, they left their superb property of Miami and travelled a lot, mainly in Italia and South France, to find their new restling home : need of wide space for their animals, and sun for them. The quest finished as they passed the imposant front porch of the Logis : it was there and nowhere else.
They did not know anybody when they arrived, they are famous nowadays, here and not only. Max and Pierre have restored the manor in a magistral manner, in a total respect of the architecture and with a mad skill for interior design. Working with local crafstmen, they used simple, rough material found on the site : wood, steel, old farm tools… an incredible mix of modern design and re-interpreted old materials. After 3 years and half of hard work, the Logis recovered his past beauty..The result is so successfull that Pierre and Max opened a boutique in the barn, called “Sortie de grange” featuring decorative objects, antiques, lighting, gifts, fabrics and finds.
And in the outbuildings, overlooking the nice courtyard, they have nestled their B&B, 3 stunning bedrooms, and a guest cottage, each of them named after a former owner of the Logis. International livestyle, design, tourism and architecture media regularly publish on Logis de Puygaty and their gifted owners.
Max always thought that Charente, which is the adminstrativ area of Cognac region but not only, was not enough known. During 7 years, he edited a luxury agenda called “Best of Charente” to highlight the hidden facets of the region. Max is one of the best ambassadors or Charente in the world. ” There is, here in Charente, a heritage which must be know all around the world. To make it known, I have had the idea of the agenda”
Who hasn’t dreamed of such a place ?
Good new, you can spend a few days in Logis de Puygaty, so kindly welcomed by Max and Pierre and their good fellows, Farouk, Jackie, Alzane the dogs and Nelson the cat.
You will discover a discret lifestyle, the location is utterly serene and peaceful, and you never forget the stunning welcome of Pierre and Max. The guest book speaks for them.
Thank you so much Dear Max.
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After a grey and rainy june, rather unusal for the season, july came with sun and heat in its luggages.
First musical moment of the summertime in the region, the Cognac Blues Passion Festival. International blues, rock-pop headliners came in Cognac, such as emerging young artists, playing in the starry night. Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, The Cranberries…. were present for this edition. It means for me that holidays are not so far right now. Continue reading Musical july in cognac