Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Another Day; Another Vineyard.



Anyone who has tasted unadulterated, natural, wine, direct from the producer, will know that returning to commercial ready-bottled wine is to be avoided at all costs.

I used to visit this 'Chateau de Calassou' often, many years ago; it's only about 15 kms away. We would buy their best AOC wine, bottle it at home, and drink after about 5-10 years.  I stopped buying their wine, simply because I stopped bottling; pure laziness on my part.



The business end of the vineyard is busy with animals. This pig is called Maurice, and he just wanders around, hoping for either titbits or a tickle behind the ears. I must say that the whole idea of keeping these Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs (as pets) has always disturbed me; but Maurice is a real vigneron's 'gentleman piggy'. There were about 6 small dogs keeping him company.



Calassou must have at least 30 hectares of vines; all now newly pruned and attached to their wires. The 'Vin de Table' that we bought is 100% Malbec, and is delightfully fresh and fruity (plum and anise). Our 10 litres cost just €12.



So all that remains was the tasting. The verdict; delicious!

p.s. I would have shown you a photo of the 'Chateau', had it been a Chateau. Unfortunately it's just a rather plain house surrounded by tractors, a fat pig, and lots of very scruffy dogs. The word 'Chateau', in France, has many meanings.


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16 comments:

  1. 10 litres for 12 Euros! (Faints with envy). I have never had wine straight from the producer but I would like to.

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  2. sounds good!
    give Maurice a back scratch from us.

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    1. That's what he likes most of all...

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  3. What a lovely big pig,I wonder if he likes the wine too.

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  4. We too stopped keeping Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs when some of our relatives decided to go in for naturism in a big way. It became impossible to tell one from t'other and while this did once or twice introduce some much-needed fresh blood into the family line, it was murder at meal-times.

    £1.20 a litre eh? In Blighty that's what they charge just to look at the label ...

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  5. The advantages of living in France... Again you have inspired envy. Shame about the neighbours, though (he said, hoping to sour the idyl...)

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    1. I just drink half a gallon of the above, and my neighbourly problems slowly disappear.

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  6. We have quite a few wineries in my area, but much of the fruit is grown by other vendors. I have to admit, I would rather drink French wine.

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  7. The wine looks delicious!! I am not much on those pot bellied pigs for pets. (try saying that fast three times!)

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  8. We, too, have 2 good wine areas near us: Almador County and Napa Valley. Almador is nicer in that it isn't as touristy as Napa. I love to taste a varietal out of the barrels of different age. What a difference the wood makes!

    Yes, a bit of vino does tend to make the neighbors fade into the background!

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  9. There are a number of wineries in our area, but we've never visited any of them. I fully intend to go to at least one this year. (One of them even has a genuine chateau, in the nicest sense of the world.)

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  10. My last locale had a few local vinyards, but i didn't sample many of the wares. I haven't looked around here much to see if there are any local. Seeing this post from you makes me think i should make an effort.

    So, the stuff you sampled that was 'delicious': was it some of the new stuff, or did you have an old bottle or two kicking around chez vous?

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    1. This is last year's wine, and I'm pleased to say that it was SO DELICIOUS, that Lady Magnon had a slightly thick head the following morning. Very unlike her!

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  11. The bottle shape is lovely too! Pigs freak me out a bit I have to admit...just knowing one would sooner eat you than not is a little unsettling!

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  12. Cro...you have no idea how lucky you are!

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