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February Newsletter

Monday, 25 February 2013 16:59:28 Europe/London

February newsHere is a copy of our February newsletter. If you would like to join in and stay in touch each month then simply type your firstname and email here

 

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We blend, we taste and create our future vintage

Monday, 28 January 2013 09:45:00 Europe/London

TOUR DE BELFORT WINE

January is one of our favourite times at the vineyard, we taste our wines in making. Each grape variety is matured individually. So we measure, blend and taste until we create our future vintage. Every year is different; the ripening of each grape variety depends on the weather and we create new blends each time choosing the best to develop the perfect aromas, acidity, smoothness and length.

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Our new vintage has arrived!

Friday, 21 September 2012 21:27:00 Europe/London

Tour de Belfort Wine CollectionFor the first time we can offer you a full collection of blends, colours, vintages and lots of choice for every taste (or nearly!).

Three years ago we harvested our first red grapes and started our Tour de Belfort adventure with Malbec, blending it to create our 2009 vintage which received top awards and a gold medal. All the hours spent pruning and cutting the vines, pulling weeds and leaves by hand, sorting grapes bunch by bunch, were really worthwhile.

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Harvest begins

Saturday, 15 September 2012 18:15:41 Europe/London

TOUR DE BELFORT WINE

During September our harvest team meet most mornings in the vineyard at 6.30am to receive instructions for picking.  We started early this year, harvesting a selection of our Chardonnay grapes at an alcohol level of 11.5 which is lower than our usual standards of ripeness, since it is destined for sparkling wine, which we will produce this year for the first time.

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Spring in the rain, summer in the sun?

Sunday, 1 July 2012 18:34:43 Europe/London

Just like in the uk or nearly! We had lots of rain in spring. This is always a problem for our organic vineyard, because of the appearance of mildew - very unwanted brown rot - especially if heavy rainfall is followed by a warm spell. Thankfully we were able to control the mildew by using a trace element based on boron (2%) and orange peel.  This foliar combination is authorized in organic agriculture, entirely biodegradable and with a citrus odour. It worked!  And by now the hot summer has finally settled in our Quercy region saving our vines from further concerns.

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Three Wine Men - Manchester

Monday, 11 June 2012 18:41:00 Europe/London

The event held at MOSI (Manchester Museum of Science and Industry) over the weekend of 26/27 the May was the first of 6 during 2012 and was a great success with over 1000 wine lovers sharing our passion, discovering our wine and many others.  Glorious weather (where's that gone now) outside didn't deter visitors coming with all three sessions packed with wine lovers.  Everyone seemed to have fun with the highlight as ever being Oz, Tim and Olly mingling around and guiding wine tastings.

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BBC Radio Manchester Interviews Muriel

Friday, 25 May 2012 18:43:00 Europe/London

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Organic wine & additives

Thursday, 1 March 2012 18:51:13 Europe/London

It may come as a shock to you to learn that under EU laws more than 50 additives are currently allowed in wines , so by the time some wines get to the bottling stage they are not made out of “grapes only”.  In theory choosing an organic wine should have implied a “healthier” additive free choice. After all "organic" is taken to mean no herbicides and pesticides in your glass.

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What is a Grand Vin?

Friday, 24 February 2012 19:02:05 Europe/London

The word “Grand” in front of vin immediately attracts the eye and raises our hopes that we're about to taste a good quality French wine.The Bordeaux and Burgundy regions have their own official quality classifications (Grand Cru, Cru Classé, Premier Cru etc..) guaranteeing that the wine has been produced under quality specifications.  Adding “Grand Vin” to a label suggests a similar feeling of quality and guarantee. Hopefully it is, but in fact any wine producer is entitled to use the words “Grand Vin” on their labels without any conditions attached. It’s a positive and useful way for vineyards that are not part of any particular classification region and system to differentiate their best wines.

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Looking for a holiday at our vineyard?

Monday, 30 January 2012 19:08:11 Europe/London

My favorite moment at our Domaine is waking up to our French breakfast on our terrace overlooking the beautiful Lot countryside.  The sun is not yet hot and there is no need to search for shade and nothing beats the pleasure of jam or Tour de Belfort honey on this firm soft bread ending the last bite with the crispy crust… with an eye on the croissants.

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