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The countdown to Harvest 2014 is on!   September is already on its final lap, but our harvest hasn’t even got past the starting block. True, we did a bit of moonlighting and quickly nipped in for a drop of zesty machine-harvested reserve for our country wine one night last week, but as for the […]

    The grapes are almost at ‘veraison’, which puts our harvest start date in the second week of September. Luck has nothing to do with the stars.  Luck is just a question of a few hundred metres.  And luck was against the Languedoc winegrowers of the Minervois, Cabardes, Carcassonne and Malepere regions, growing their […]

 JUNE 2014 A Very Good Year   The breaking news from Rives-Blanques is that the vines have started flowering … just a few of them, and then only just – but still a giant stride towards Vintage 2014. What we need now is good weather over the next few weeks; no more of that thunderously […]

  March 2014 Winter was late, Spring was early – and we are just in time! Twenty hectares of perfectly pruned vines basking in balm and birdsong, as we get down to the nitty-gritty of chopping up and ploughing the cuttings back into the soil. Vintage 2014 is on the way! And proof of it, […]

The year is nearly done – but 2013 is by no means in the bag. Or at least, not at Rives-Blanques, where a couple of recalcitrant barrels of wine from the 2013 vintage are still fermenting. Unheard of. But then, so much about this harvest was unheard of: privately, we call it the Year of […]