As I am just back from 2 wonderful weeks visiting the US, my return to the farm came with other festivities. But before detailing what happened here, I would like to thank all of you who have come to the many tasting events, wine dinners and who have supported our wines. Thanks also to all of you who have made my trip easier and, boy, I kind of needed some hands as the itinerary was very tight. And, of course, thank you to all our Importers, Distributors Reps, Retail Stores, Chefs, Waiters... who have worked hard to make this tour a success.
On the road, I met with Susan and Kendall who drove 5 hours from Chicago to attend our Iowa City wine dinner ! Susan is "artisan" making the most delicious chocolates with a unique hint of spices. She is offering them fresh.
Order them at http://www.cacaocuvee.com. If you don't like them (which would be very unlikely), I will send you a bottle of wine !
Celebrating our first wine dinner US with friends at Blue Farm Hill in NYC
My return home started with the celebration of 4060 new babies in the family. With two hard working guys, we have planting our last empty parcel which had been prepared for 3 years for this with diffrent crops which have amended the soil. Originally, we were supposed to plant 8 grape varieties mostly from our area (Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Clairette rosée and Vermentino) but since we missed some babies, I asked my friend Lilian who provides those plants to complete with another 5 "strangers" which are Sauvignon, Gros Manseng, Muscal Petit Grain, Chardonnay and Chenin.
See the following video (listening to the great song) which will give you an idea of how we plant vines :
Those plants have already been blessed with two heavy rains which complete their plantation with the best conditions and you are welcome to send all your positive thoughts to all those Rouge-Bleu family members.
- I came back just a few days after spring, which celebrates life back in the fields. Thankfully, our winter has been very cold and the vines have not bloomed yet...which gives me a little time to finish pruning. And look what I found in the vines, which really shows that Spring is there and which hopefully brings good Karma :
Lady Bug on a pruned vine
- Just before I left for the US, I heard that our Dentelle red 09 was awarded with a Bronze Award at the Paris Agricultural Fair. Well, this is not "Gold" (like last year) but since we got the Silver two years ago, we now have received the 3 metals in 3 years...Not too bad for a start.
Silver in 2008, Gold in 2009 and Bronze in 2010. "Le compte est bon"
- Lastly and talking about 3 years, we have also celebrated 3 years here which also corresponds to my birthday. I can't believe that time has gone so fast and how much we have completed, even if I don't take anything for granted.
3 years...that's the time our new baby vines need to produce their first harvested fruits as we will green harvest the ones before in order to force the vine to concentrate on making roots and wood. For now, it looks that we will have to wait an eternity to enjoy the first bottles of this new wine but If I look backwards, I am sure time will go very fast.
Thank you all for your wishes messages and all your support
Jean-Marc Domaine Rouge-Bleu