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My first time driving Queenie the Quad

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2009 Winery Blogs

Today's blog is by Poppy

After a wonderful breakfast prepared by Chris and Sue, Douggie, Caroline and myself took a trip to the tip, then headed off to Pezenas to pick up the trailer for Queenie the quad. Meanwhile the rest of the group started clearing out the part of the vineyard we call New Zealand and Chris made a new grill for the fire. Once everyone gathered we filled the trailer up with all the metal we found in New Zealand, and off they went back to the tip.

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another rewarding day in roujan

Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2009 Winery Blogs

We have a group of volunteers staying here at Le Couvent, Roujan. We've invited them to each write a guest blog during their stay. First up is Marianne.

Well, I'm meant to write today's blog-in english (I'm from Zuerich)-so we'll see how far I get...

We started the day with another luscious breakfast in the warm kitchen. Thank you Paula and Sharon for the preparation! That gav [...]

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What a Difference a Day Makes

Date: Sun, Jan 25, 2009 Winery Blogs

Last Friday night we were having dinner with our old chums Pierre and Giovanna in their exquisite house on the beach at Agde. As we were leaving Pierre and Daniel looked up at the star-sequinned sky. "See how clear the sky is? It means it's going to be a perfect day tomorrow, just wait and see."

The next day France and Spain were hit by the biggest storm in decades. One and a half million people without electricity, winds blowing at 150km/hr and 11 [...]

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The Thermos Years

Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009 Winery Blogs

For the last week we've been pruning up at Chateau Malaudos. After a week of colds, flu and frosty winds after New Year, our noses and the skies cleared on about the 5th of January and it turned beautiful. It's still quite chilly but when there's no wind and the sky is blue, it's T-shirt weather again. We've been cutting up dead fruit trees and filling up the trailer with peach wood for the wood-burner at home.

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The wood gnome

Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 Winery Blogs

Such elegance, such fashion sense, such glamour. Such is the way one has to look when there is no wood to be had anywhere. Last week we ordered a heap of wood, waited in twice for it to arrive, rang to find out what was happening - to be told the woodman had no wood. "No-one has any. There's too much rain and snow in the mountains so we can't cut wood. You can't have any for weeks." [...]

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The wood gnome

Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 Winery Blogs

Such elegance, such fashion sense, such glamour. Such is the way one has to look when there is no wood to be had anywhere. Last week we ordered a heap of wood, waited in twice for it to arrive, rang to find out what was happening - to be told the woodman had no wood. "No-one has any. There's too much rain and snow in the mountains so we can't cut wood. You can't have any for weeks." [...]

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From Armani to gnome

Date: Sun, Nov 30, 2008 Winery Blogs

We've finished areas 4 & 5 and are due to start at the very top of the hill on area 1 next. That's the prize Grenache, every bit of which we lost to the storm. Next year is going to be magnificent. I feel it in my bones. We're going to have superb grapes of deep and luscious flavour to make the 2009 vintage an extra special one.


Having finished the top Syrah we're delighted with [...]

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From Armani to gnome

Date: Sun, Nov 30, 2008 Winery Blogs

We've finished areas 4 & 5 and are due to start at the very top of the hill on area 1 next. That's the prize Grenache, every bit of which we lost to the storm. Next year is going to be magnificent. I feel it in my bones. We're going to have superb grapes of deep and luscious flavour to make the 2009 vintage an extra special one.


Having finished the top Syrah we're delighted with [...]

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The lie of the land

Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2008 Winery Blogs

This one's for my brother who says he would go and prune vines or do other jobs at Chateau Mal Au Dos, but that he doesn't know the plan. So here's the plan. We're in the middle of pruning Area 4 and there's all the rest to do! Clear enough?

Seriously though, the pruning, though slow, is very promising. The basic work we did last year in trying to restr [...]

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Here we go again - the start of next year's Le Couvent wine

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Winery Blogs

We've come full circle. This time last year we had yet to finalise buying the land and vines, but the then owner, M. Gineste, let us start the pruning. Today I began again, but this time I have much more idea about how the vines actually grow, and how the pruning affects the end result.

So today I began making next year's wine. For the care taken now whilst pruning will do more to more to influence the final product than anything else we do during the course of [...]

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Here we go again - the start of next year's Le Couvent wine

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Winery Blogs

We've come full circle. This time last year we had yet to finalise buying the land and vines, but the then owner, M. Gineste, let us start the pruning. Today I began again, but this time I have much more idea about how the vines actually grow, and how the pruning affects the end result.

So today I began making next year's wine. For the care taken now whilst pruning will do more to more to influence the final product than anything else we do during the course of [...]

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A first for Chateau Mal Au Dos - the ZORK

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2008 Winery Blogs

We are thrilled to bits to announce that we are the very first vineyard in France to use a new type of wine bottle closure called the ZORK. Here's a picture of our bottles with ZORK recyclable plastic closures.

ZORK is a revolutionary wine closure with the convenience of screw cap and the pop of a cork. There are 15 billion wines bottled each year. Around 10% of wines bottled with cork [...]

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A first for Chateau Mal Au Dos - the ZORK

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2008 Winery Blogs

We are thrilled to bits to announce that we are the very first vineyard in France to use a new type of wine bottle closure called the ZORK. Here's a picture of our bottles with ZORK recyclable plastic closures.

ZORK is a revolutionary wine closure with the convenience of screw cap and the pop of a cork. There are 15 billion wines bottled each year. Around [...]

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Learn to blend wines

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2008 Winery Blogs

Some while ago Ali, Justin & I spent the most fantastic day learning to blend wine - and creating our own bottle to take home.


Several of you asked if there would be other opportunities to do it - well here are the upcoming dates:

Sunday 30 November 2008
Saturday 28 February 2009
Saturday 2 May 2009
Sunday 26 July 2009
Saturda [...]

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