04 September, 2015

A taste of grapes


Chardonnays of 2015. Looking good as you can see.

But when are they perfect? Or rather when do they reach the optimum level before they decline?

Sugar and acidity-samples
To decide this a network of winegrowers all over Champagne collect samples, measure the sugar and acidity and report their resultats to the technical department of the Comité Champagne. The technicians of this interface between winegrowers and champagnehouses analyze and combine this into a rather general result and share it with us all during the last weeks before grapeharvest.

We combine these general facts about the yields and the year with our own samples, experience and ideas to reach a conclusion on how to proceed.

A bit of history:2011
Believe me, it is not an easy task. The risk is always that disease, bad weather or other problems arrive as you wait for the perfect level of sugar.

In 2011 Champagne saw an even earlier grapeharvest than this year. That year started out very very early, thus the vines performed the different stages much earlier than usual. However, the summer was not great, which slowed down the maturation. As the weather changed, some decided to postpone the grapeharvest some days. We were amongst these. Others wished they could have postponed too.

To taste the grapes
In Avize, the big coop of l'Union Champagne decided to re-create an old technique of tasting the berries. They imported this from the Bordelais-region, where tasting the grapes is part of the decision proces. I guess, the technique must have existed in Champagne once upon a time, since the idea of tasting the berries to constitute the mix of vines for the blend is one of the techniques ascribed to the legendary Dom Perignon as far as I remember. There is no written heritage from his hand of course, but it could be fun to investigate a bit more.

Anyway, l'Union Champagne has used this technique on top of the others since 2011, and they say to our regional newspaper l'Union, that they are able to retrieve the character of the grape in the final wine.

The parameters are the intensity of the acidity and of the sweetness, the intensity of the taste of "green grass" (herbacité), the lemony maturity, the intensity of the fruit, the maturity of the fruit and the intensity of the astringency.

We both find this quite interesting. And worth trying.

Grapes to be tasted
Next weekend our plan is to pick grapes for another plot champagne. The final wine will be in our hands.

Thus the second step will be to taste the grapes. The first step?

Get the grapes.

They are right here:



Air and sunshine


Soon enough it will be busy here.

Slowly gearing up for the grapeharvest.

Pillows and covers benefit from some september air and sunshine to go with it as do the rooms.


03 September, 2015

Tomatoes and menues


Work during the summer turned out to be worth it.

Tomatoes will be a sure entry on the menu next week when we begin the grapeharvest.

At the moment the garden supplies us with baskets like this every day.


The rest of the menu we will decide today.

And powershop accordingly what does not come out of the garden.

Like this the menu planning of the grapeharvest week will be almost a game for kids. Apart from the chopping, cooking, baking, stirring and frying.

But that's a story for another day. Coming up soon.



01 September, 2015

Preparations


When it's harvesttime, a good moment of the day is to return to the house in the afternoon, remove the shoes and enjoy a glass of champagne.

Part of the preparations this year is to paint the outdoor bench and the table to get ready to receive in a about a week.



28 August, 2015

Measuring the mosts


A warmer summer than ever.

As well as a drier summer than ever.

We are finally back from holidays and have collected samples to measure the grapes. (Done manually).



They are not there yet but they certainly approach the sugarlevels, we are after.

The Pinot Meunier-grapes are more advanced than the Chardonnays. The Chardonnays of Soulières are more advanced than those in Loisy-en-Brie even they were pruned later. The Pinot Meunier/Noir that is pruned cordon-style is less advanced, the low Pinot Meunier of Loisy-en-Brie is the more advaned and Belles Feuilles-plot in Soulieres is inbetween.

These measures are what we use to decide when to harvest what, and to discuss dates when we meet with fellow wine growers from our local area later today.

These discussion are held all over the vignoble, and they will result in the official start dates to be known later today.

So you'll know as well. Whether you're enrolled in our team or not.



This coming-up-soon vintage of 2015 can only be very interesting.

27 August, 2015

Den smukke festival forleden (den med vin, du ved)



Østjylland forleden.

Østjylland hver sensommer. Måske også noget for dig?



Par nummer fem melder klar.



Vi var på vinfestival denne weekend.



Den smukkeste af de mest gastronomiske, som det fremgår.

Med et udvalg af vores champagner.



Festen foregik i disse, nydelige omgivelser.

Thingstedhus ved Horsens, som forhandler vores champagner.



Og med Dannebrog på plads i toppen fra morgenstunden

Ligesom solen, der ikke forlod os den udslagne dag.



Og så kan man godt gå hen og blive tørstig.

For alvor. Eller for sjov.

Nogle af jer vidste lige, hvad I ville have.





Andre prøvede sig frem glas for glas.

Og det er altsammen, som det skal være.



Ikke for det.

Der var da sørget for spytteskåle



Og den sødeste hjælper til at tømme dem.



Vi fik blot ikke megen brug for denne friske 10-åriges hjælp.

Det blev aldrig nødvendigt at tømme.



Fra klokken 11 og seks timer frem.

Skænkede vi champagne stort set uafbrudt.

Og i hvert fald et enkelt stille øjeblik. Fremgår det.



Østjyder har det ok med champagne.

Det må være dagens konklusion.

Og mon ikk' der er festival igen om et år?

Det er vel ik' så ringe?

21 August, 2015

Husk smagsdag på Thingstedhus


Sådan ser den nye Noirs & Blancs ud.

Du kan smage den i morgen, den 22. august, hvis du dukker op på Thingstedhus ved Horsens den 22. august fra kl 11.

Under trækronerne stiller vi op sammen med en masse andre gode folk med ditto vine og madvarer. Du betaler en entré, og får adgang til smagsprøver og gode snakke den udstrakte dag.

Vi glæder os. Kom og smag.




16 August, 2015

Kom og smag på Thingstedhus


Sådan ser den nye Noirs & Blancs ud.

Den ligner til forveksling den gamle. Men den smager lidt anderledes.

Selvom vi prøver at få vores champagnetyper til at minde om hinanden år efter år, er de aldrig identiske, og det er så fint. Årene er jo ikke ens.

Jeg tænker, vi har den med på Thingstedhus ved Horsens den 22. august fra kl 11 til 16.30.

Under trækronerne stiller vi op sammen med en masse andre gode folk med ditto vine og madvarer. Du betaler en entré, og får adgang til smagsprøver og gode snakke den udstrakte dag.

Vi glæder os. Kom og smag.

12 August, 2015

Review from Rheingau: On women and wine


"Naturally I discussed the theme of Women and Wine with Solveig," says Christin Jordan in her blog.

"She sees the womens share of the top jobs as growing as well as making the rather Scandinavien point-of-view "isn't that rather normal?" And: "Women don't make different wines than men. Different (male) winemakers make different wines, different (female) winemakers make different wines. Wines for men, wines for women, actually it's not really a theme here. Differences are more likely to occur when it comes to communication."

Writes Christin Jordan, who is both journalist and winemaker.

She came with her Danish husband, with whom she makes Dalgaard & Jordan wines in Mittelrhein in Germany.

The quote is from the blogpost, Christin wrote from their recent visit in Champagne

Read the rest of it here (in German).

08 August, 2015

Særlige festflasker

Nogle gange får jeg et lidt nærmere forhold til de flasker, jeg sælger.

Fordi det kræver lige lidt mere kommunikation.
Fordi lejligheden er lidt mere speciel.
Eller fordi familien deler lidt flere detaljer om baggrunden for at de vil nyde netop champagne på deres store dag.

For nogen tid siden blev jeg kontaktet af en dansker, der holdt til på den anden side af jorden.

Bobler til flere fester
Vedkommende var på jagt efter champagne til en serie af flere særlige lejligheder, og kunne ikke selv tage sig af det på grund af bopæl meget langt væk fra blandt andet også moderne bekvemmeligheder som daglig netforbindelse.

Jeg hjalp derfor med nogle flasker på rette sted.

Og med vejledning, da familien ikke drikker vældig meget champagne, og derfor ikke havde megen fornemmelse af, hvad der kunne passe. Det er jo klart nok.

Ekstra dejligt derfor at få en tilbagemelding på første heat af festen:

"Det var så festligt at kunne begynde min datters konfirmation med et glas champagne,"

Den anden fest lurer i horisonten engang i næste måned.

Forhåbentlig bliver det lige så fornøjeligt :-)