allo allo – pics from the 2012 harvest

2 Nov

It’s Thursday and our turn poker night at our house.  The guys were insepcting the labels for a new wine of Benji’s that’s about to be bottled and then got stuck into drinking some others.

poker tonight

Inspecting Vincent’s labels for a new Benji wine coming soon, ‘Boulevard Napoleon’.  (and a thank you to monsieur p for your hand modelling work)

I was so excited, Benji put a great bottle of white in the freezer and I left them (wringing my hands in anticipation) in the kitchen as they sat down to play.  Half-an-hour later I reminded Benji about his bottle chilling and he held one up and said ‘Oh this one? It’s finished’.  My mouth dropped.  The scoundrels!

Comtes Lafon

Comtes Lafon MEURSAULT-GOUTTE D’OR 2009 Chardonnay

Time to come to the computer and vent some steam.

(I should admit I got to bring a twentieth of a glass of chardonnay with me – so generous of you fellas)

I’d been meaning to put up some long-overdue photos anyway.

So for you,  here’s a round-up of the 2012 grape harvest in our little area, the village of La Liviniere, in the Minervois region.  In our village alone, of approxiamtely 600 people, there are 16 vignerons (winemakers/vineyard owners producing their own brand) and about 150 viticulturalists processing their grapes with the local Cave Co-operative.

vineyards in Calamiac

It’s been a good harvest and people seem pretty happy about what they’ve picked – despite the kaleidoscope of weather.  Essentially, we had good rain, good sun, good wind and the vineyard owners and vignerons are happy to see their babies off the vines and in the tanks.

Gone for the moment the need to check on the weather patterns 24/7 and the worries of the wiles of Nature , it’s now time to work inside the cellars and nurture the juice.

While the viticulteurs take it easier, the vignerons need to keep up a a seven day working week.  It is now that crucial decisions, with their accompanying stress, need to be made regarding the precious juice and its management and development.

However, I can say that the general climate in our house is now pleasantly mild with fewer storms brewing on the front .

But not if the wine isn’t shared around.

calamiac harvest time

calamiac, harvest time


lunchtime break in the village

man, dog, harvester

morning rain in Calamiac

raining one afternoon…

sun over vines

…sunny the next

morning talk at harvester

morning chat by the harvester

lilas on the terrace

calamiac rainbow

lilas rainbow

the neighbouring vigneron's pickers

the neighbouring vigneron’s pickers

the alternative

…the alternative

lilas watching the harvester

watching the harvester from the house, early morning

harvester at home with clothes line

dry stone wall and vines

early morning calamiac

early morning, calamiac

sun over our vines

clouds and vines


14 Responses to “allo allo – pics from the 2012 harvest”

  1. Alice Bowden November 2, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Beautiful pics Kat – keep the blog up my little vignerette xxx

    • The vigneron's wife November 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks a lot Alice – and that’s a new one, vignerette, kinda like it!

  2. collinedelhirondelle November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    I love the rain and then sun photos – I have always wanted to do a year round vine thing…My favorite post is still the pussy post. Off to make endives in bechamel!

    • The vigneron's wife November 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks a lot Jen.
      Why don’t your preferences surprise me…
      Let me know how you go with the bechamel.

  3. Simon Fisher November 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Lovely set of photos, look forward trying the wines.

    • The vigneron's wife November 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      Thanks Simon. You need to get your …. here and try them then! You know you are always welcome xo

  4. Sharon November 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I’ve only just found your blog – and it’s now on my list! I love the photographs They’re giving me my French fix!

    • The vigneron's wife November 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks a lot Sharon! I’m glad they’re giving you a sort of holiday!

  5. Pauline November 18, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Oh dear not the treat you were hoping for, did B make it up yto you with a new special white? Have just enjoyed your picswith Dieter, we are both V impressed and looking fwd to Dec. Tante PALeC

    • The vigneron's wife November 19, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Thanks T.P.!
      NO, no replacement white in sight. I can wait!
      Very much looking forward to seeing you too xo

  6. guypack January 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Kat, Karyn and I will be back in St Chinian in May/June. We’d like to drop by again if you’ll be around or maybe a catch up in St Chin? Guy

    • The vigneron's wife September 7, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      Hi there Guy (and Karyn)! Please excuse my absence and lack of communication. I am opening up my blog for the first time in a long while and see your kind messages. To be honest, the past few years have been pretty tough with my family in Australia and I have not kept myself in the loop. I hope you are both well! Maybe one of these days we will catch up!
      All the best, Kat

      • Guy Pack September 18, 2017 at 9:02 am #

        Hi Kat, still can’t wait to get back to St Chin. Will be there some time next year. Definitely will be in touch when we do. I see you follow Peter Woodcock. We did one of his cooking lessons in Carcassonne when he was running them. Best day ever!!!! I’ll start following him now as well. Hope you and everyone are well. Loved the pic of the house you recently uploaded. Made us miss it even more.
        Stay well and keep posting.

      • The vigneron's wife September 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

        Hi there Guy! Please do get in touch when you come to St Chinian next time!
        And yes, I follow Peter (and his wife Debrah) – they make the most delicious meals and are lots of fun. I’m not surprised you had a great day with them : )
        Take care!

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