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.
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! »
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.