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Le Véritable Coq au Vin à Ingrandes-de-Touraine

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Le Clos des Poules in Ingrandes-de-Touraine – the harvester approaches the chicken.

Enclos des Poules in Ingrandes-de-Touraine – the harvester approaches the chicken, who is unaware of its impending fate .

Today in Ingrandes-de-Touraine, one of the communes of the Bourgueil appellation, I was privileged to see a breakthrough in the preparation of one of France’s most iconic dishes – le coq au vin. In the small Enclos des Poules they have achieved the perfect association of terroir as the chickens that are given free-range in the Clos are harvested at the same time as the Cabernet Franc grapes.

The now oven ready chicken drops gently from the harvesting machine.

The now oven ready chicken drops gently from the harvesting machine.

The chicken is settled gently on bed of straw ready to be cooked or keep in cold storage.

The chicken is settled gently on bed of straw ready to be cooked or keep in cold storage.

Next the machine empties the Cabernet Franc grapes from its hopper into a trailer ready to be processed at the nearby winery.

Next the machine empties the Cabernet Franc grapes from its hopper into a trailer ready to be processed at the nearby winery.

Perfectly cooked chicken from Le Clos des Poules.

Perfectly cooked, machine harvested chicken from Le Clos des Poules @Vincent-le-Cuisiner, Ingrandes-de-Touraine

2014 Bourgueil, L'Enclos des Poules, Vincent Simon

2014 Bourgueil, L’Enclos des Poules, Vincent Simon

Thierry Surcuve, director of the Poule project: « This is so exciting – a real breakthrough being able to bring these two terroir-driven products together. A magical symbiosis! »

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2015 Cabernet Franc

2015 Cabernet Franc

Elsewhere in Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil the vignerons are smiling again after the deluge of  September 13th – 18th. There is now radiant sunshine and the wind has swung from the West to the North East, which is drying everything quickly and re-concentrating the grapes after the very heavy rains. Fortunately the Cabernet Franc has resisted all the rain and it is very difficult to find any rot. The forecast for the rest of this week is for more of the same – sunshine and a drying North-Easterly wind.

Some producers are taking their time to let tannins ripen further, while others are pressing on worried that the wind will push the alcohol levels up too high.

No sign of rot

No sign of rot

JIM

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