It was brilliant to have the Peach Pubs team, Dylan, Gabi, Bee, and Jessica for our Levin Vintage Experience in the #Loire last week.
In the vineyards at Bourré, we looked in on the pickers and did maturation testing (picking 100 berries from along the rows and crushing by hand to test acidity and baume – the potential alcohol). We went for a vineyard walk to look at our new plantings and talk about the soil composition of our Tuffeau and Silex sites. At the winery, we watched the action of the press and tasted the just pressed, ‘fresh from the tank’ samples of the different vineyard parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay juice.
We presented a vertical #SauvignonBlanc #vintage tasting going back #2006, #2008 (gorgeous elderflower, passionfruit vine on the warmer ’06 and ’08), #2009, #2010 (white nectarine and wild mint on ’10), #2011 (hot then cool ’11, flinty minerality and white peach) and #2012 (elderflower and mint back for the #double #goldmedal ’12) vintages.
Of course, lots of great food was eaten at our gîte in Monthou-sur-Cher, La Demeure de Bizard. The roasted local black foot chicken, Loire pork rillettes, Saint Maure de Touraine goats cheese and Black Russian tomatoes grown at the winery were a real highlight. And, there was lots of bonding about our shared passion for crafting authentic, thoughtful, brilliant food and wine experiences centred on the guest. We’re very pleased to be honorary peachy people!