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.
I just had to post this video from Aurelia Filion who has a blog called ‘bu sur le web’ and regularly incorporates wines from the Loire valley in her tastings.
The hospital of Saumur in partnership with the well known Saumur Co-Operative Robert & Marcel has announced that it has signed a 25 year agreement for Robert & Marcel to manage the famous Clos Cristal vineyard and that there will be 1,3 million euros investment over the next 5 years.
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.
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.
Chateau de Villeneuve is one of the top producers in the Saumur Champigny AOC. We popped in for a quick tasting last week with clients from New York.
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.