First of all, a hello to cranes and geese, the migratory birds which fly every spring and autumn just above the house. Many flights in the beginning of this month : we hear them before we can see the V Shape of numerous noisy birds. It’s always an emotional moment and I stop my work to tell them good luck, good travel, hoping to see them again in a few months.
First friday evening of november, we went in our neighbourhood, in Bordeaux vineyards, to celebrate a business birthday, the 10 years old of Lyod Associes a consulting office created by a friend of mine. And the party was in… Château Pomeaux, in prestigious Pomerol vineyard. Great thanks also to, Joel Palous, one of the owner associate of this property, for his kind welcome. As an evidence, wine was on top !
Courtesy of Château Pomaux for this pict.
Morning after, we visited Saint Emilion village, and his stunning monolithic church. The mist gave a mysterious and poetic feeeling to the landscape.
Lunch in “L’Envers du décor”, a nice adress I recommend for the table as well as for his sense of humour “thanks to the Lord who make vineyards grow here in Saint Emilion, on the very spot where we love so much good wine…”
and then we went back at home with wonderful images and friendship memories.
A ending-late meeting in Bordeaux on friday evening,
was the perfect opportunity, to move in Pays Basque at about one hour and half, by car and we arrived around midnight in Biarritz.
Even if the weather was a bit cloudy early morning, running and walking on the beach in the heart of the city is an healthy and nice moment.
Pays Basque is a paradise for surf and golf. If i am just onlooker for surf, I practice golf as you know now and the international center of Ilbarritz is just amazing. ( yes, it was the same day, grey on morning and blue in the afternoon, we have lunch outside on the terrace…)
One sunday in Cognac museum…
… and in Angoulême Cathedral to discover the fabulous ” Trésor”, a masterpiece created by french internationally reknown Jean Marc Othoniel. Following a snapshot of this marvel.
In front of Sanctus Anne…
And what about the cognac vineyard ?
Golden leaves are falling down a lot, some vines are already bare. Soon will be time for pruning.
I love autumn in cognac region, a different light to see the landscape and architecture in an other way.
an old weigh-bridge
Distillation has began : click on to read the post
Day and night, till march 31st, the winegrowers who are also distillers, live according to the tempo of theirs stills and the process called “double chauffe” or “repasse” in french i.e, two separate heatings, in a special “charentais” copper still.Depending from the harvest, the vinification… distillation begins in november. We know when the process begins when we see small white smokes above the distilleries.
And last, during the yearly gastronomic exhibition of november, I was invited in a girl party in townhall by Angoulême municipality, BNIC, and Konoisseur. A good idea to discover cognac in an original way for those who used to think that cognac represents more the image of men, smoking cigar after a good meal… It has been a great discovery for many of the guests, of course in a responsible drinking. Thanks to @agathedecharente for her video.