Shoot selection, Infanticide and the Master Race

Shoot selectionI can’t stand it.  It’s like killing off one baby to ensure the survival of the other, but which one do I choose?  The eldest?  the youngest? The strongest?  The tallest?  Agony, guilt, it’s all there and finally, when you pluck up your courage, close your eyes and do the deed, there are thousands of others waiting to be cast out of the gene pool in order to achieve a vinous master race.  Cuvee Aryan here we come.  (Well it is Chardonnay.)

As if 4,000 vines weren’t enough…

As if 4000 vines weren't enough...I have always felt that a project like this must be more than just vines (shock horror!) and that the whole property must have a wow factor.  So with this in mind, and it having been hours since we planted anything, the poplar trees were planted last year, (see out of the nursery) on the south side of the vineyard.  The north side, where the entrance drive will eventually be, requires something shorter; tall enough to provide a wind break but not shading.  Not wanting to waste an opportunity to produce something useful, we have decided on an avenue of various nuts and olives.  Almonds are in, as are some hazelnuts.  Ironically, (as this property was originally destined to be an olive farm,) I have no olives at the moment so they will have to wait.

Time to Celebrate – The Story So Far

I know there is still a long way to go, and arguably there always will be, but still I feel fantastic and excited about what we have achieved so far.  I wonder how many people in life can say they built their dream?  Well mine is built so I thought I would try to tell the story so far with a few pictures.  Enjoy.  I have.

Why it’s Cool to be a Domaine

Taittinger-La-MarquetterieWI came across this beautifully written blog from Scalawine  (click to read) which has some good insights into the virtues (or otherwise) of various classifications of producers in Champagne.  In particular, their support of Domaine or Single Grower Champagnes clarifies many of the decisions made on this vineyard.  A great read for a bad weather day…and believe me, this is a bad weather WEEK!!