Do you know what this syringe was used for? I’ll give you a clue. It’s hanging on the wall of a well known Saumur Champigny producer and has a wine connection.
Any ideas? Have a guess and I’ll let you in on the secret tomorrow.
Tomorrow starts a crazy few days of wine tasting here in the Loire valley.
We had a great day out with a group of sixteen classic car enthusiasts.
Mathieu Vallée has 11 hectares in the Saumur region. 28 tiny parcels dotted around the Saumur Champigny villages keep him on his toes and it’s always difficult to pin him down for a tasting. He makes a small range of wines (3 reds and 2 whites) and we popped in to pick up some stock and catch up on his news.
Clos Moleton 2010 is a Cabernet Franc wine that comes from a clay/limestone parcel. 2 years in oak barrels (varying from new to 2 wine) have given it a lovely complexity and spicy quality. The 10’s have lovely fresh acidity which makes them very attractive young but it’s clear that this wine is just going to get better and better over time.
The first real chance to get a handle on the current vintage is at the annual trade tastings which happen at the end of January beginning of February each year.
Carbon bisulphide (an alternative form of carbon disulphide) was already recognised as an effective insecticide when phylloxera first hit France. A difficult treatment, it vapourised at room temperature so required ‘injecting’ deep into the ground.