Monday, the harvest started with 27 crates of Sauvignon Gris pressed on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Christian Dalbavie and I took care of one of our American importer/distributor (NY and a few other states) visiting with 3 members of their staff and 5 of their good customers.
They already import successfully, Valandraud, Virginie and exclusively Franc Maillet Jean Baptiste, Présidial, Calandray, Clos Badon, Prieuré Lescours and Bellevue de Tayac. I hope that following this trip they will ad to their portfolio Commanderie de Mazeyres, Haut Carles and de Carles, Compassant, and wines sold on the open market such as La Dominique, Marojallia, Clos Margalaine, Clement Pichon and others.
Monday, we began the visit at Bellevue de Tayac, then Marojallia (building a beautiful little cellar as well as luxury B&B worth 4 stars). We also visited Clément Pichon and had lunch in the parc of the Château prepared by Alexandre (steaks grilled on wines). The beautiful weather and this extraordinary chateau will stay in our memory.
In the afternoon, we visited Prieuré Lescours, Clos Badon, our warehouse in Saint Magne, Valandraud as well as our chambre d’hôtes almost finished.
For dinner, we drank Blanc de Valandraud N°1 2004 et 2005, Virginie de Valandraud 2004, Haut Carles 2003 – superbe roast beef with truffles from Saint Alvère, with mash potatoes also with truffles + olive oil from François. Valandraud 1999 and 1996 served with Dutch Goudas brought by Christian, and a nie Arche Lafaurie 2001 with ice cream.
We tried to do better the next day!