Damien bought a old machine since the last time I saw him : a classic Loiseau straddle tractor from 1968 with a MWM engine. The old tractor runs fine, he bought it to a vigneron in Montrichard, farther afield across the Cher river. Damien is still calm and easygoing, taking gratefully what the vineyards give him back, even if with yields that are small. He vinifies now a total vineyard surface of 1,6 hectare and he is careful about maintaining the surface small enough so that he can handle the farming himself, when parcels may be added by him.
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I happened to learn from Bruno Allion who Damien Menut whom I visited last year was also doing a picking on a small parcel. This was indeed a truly modest parcel
out Thésée on the top of the mountain across the path to Couddes, just 10 ares in total, a few rows, and Damien was doing it with his mom and a friend. Given the yields are also low, he’ll make a barrel of this parcel, not more. These Sauvignon vines were planted in 1982, Damien noticed there has been a surge in the casualty rate with Esca (Black Measles) this year, Esca being a disorder with symptoms such as the leaves turn red/orange and the vine dies very quickly afterthen.
Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:04:32 +0000