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COVID-19 

This is a particularly challenging time for us all, but we must respect all the precautions put in place by our governments and take the necessary steps as advised. 

Therefore until the situation changes and restrictions are lifted our tours will not be available.

However, in the meantime we remain contactable by email or the contact form 

Keep well and we hope to meet you in the not too distant future.


DISTILLATION - in the Cognac region, double distillation is taking place until 31st March


VENDANGE - Grape Harvest began in September

Within the vineyard regions of our tours wine producers began the annual harvest of grapes 

Whether by traditional hand method or machine, it's always a busy time of year.

It is followed by the grapes being pressed to extract the juice which then ferments into wine

Public Offices Close & some businesses and shops close on following National Holiday Dates in France

2020 1 January New Year's Day - Jour de l'an

 April 12, 13 April Easter Sunday & Monday - Paques

1 May Labour Day - Fête du travail

8 May VE Day - Victoire 1945

21 May Ascension Day

31 May/01 June Pentecost - Pentecote

14 July Bastille Day Fête National

15 August Assumption Day - Assomption

1 November All Saints Day - Toussaint

11 November Armistice - Armisitice 1918

25 December Christmas Day - Noêl

24 December most businesses close early

Brief Glossary of Basic Wine Terms

Cépages Grape Varieties

Coupage Blending

Weather, soil, moisture, pruning and training of the vine all influence the characteristics of wine. 

So the suitability of the grape to each region determines its quality.

CLASSIFICATION

Vin de Table is the basic classification and must be a minimum of 8.5% - max 15% ABV                                                                               

Vin de Pays / Vin de Pays de Cépage is best quality table wine with minimum 9%(10% in Mediterranean) ABV

AO VDQS Appellation d’Origine- Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure

AOC Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

AO, VDQS & AOC are all strictly regulated by area, variety, ABV,maximum yield per hectare, method of cultivation and vinification.


BOTTLE LABELS:

Chateau bottled refers to the estate

Shippers Name on a label denotes quality and reliability

ADEB SEAL on neck of bottle of Bordeaux wine is a guide to good quality


3 LEVELS OF QUALITY DISTINGUISH SAINT EMILION WINES

ONLY THE GRAND CRU CAN APPLY TO BE RANKED AS 

GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

1st GRAND CRU CLASSÉ B

1st GRAND CRU CLASSÉ A (highest ranking)

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