Ce n’est jamais facile, perdre un membre de la famille. La tristesse vient en vagues, sans invitation. La seule façon de combattre ce douleur dans le cœur c’est de garder bien proche les souvenirs plus heureux.
Voici, donc, quelques souvenirs de mon cher papa, avec maman et nous au début de notre aventure de vinification en 2010 et en 2012 pour la dernière vendange de la saison et en 2013 pour un repas avec des amis après les vendanges. Il a adoré venir ici, être au milieu de la scène. Dans l’âme il restera toujours.
It is never easy to lose a family member. The sadness comes in waves, without invitation. The only way to counter this pain in our hearts is to keep happier memories close by.
So, here are some memories of my dearly loved dad, with mum and us at the beginning of our winemaking adventure in 2010, in 2012 for the last harvest of the season and 2013 for a meal with friends once the harvest was over. He loved coming here and being in the middle of the action. We will always think of him as being with us.
While we were at The French Independant Wine Producers’ professional fair at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls in February, we were persuaded to enter the Decanter magazine World Wine Awards.
It was our first attempt at this prestigious wine competition, in fact, it is our first international competition entry. More than 15000 wines from 46 countries were judged in a series of regional tastings. I can tell you, we find it daunting, sending our babies off to be judged against illustrious company – but just imagine what the warehouse that stocks the entrants must have looked like!
Well, we were delighted to find out that we were awarded a bronze medal for éclat 2012 Muscat de Mireval and a commendation for our latest cuvée poète 2013 a naturally sweet muscat wine created from our last harvest of 2013.
We think of it as fantastic encouragement and we are constantly reflecting on how we can get the best out of our grapes and out of us! I don’t think that we will ever become blasé about such things.