Cloesup photos are a great thing: here come 14 pictures of a vineyard in Charente, France.

We decided to take these close ups – to really see, very closely. Let’s start with a Cognac XO from Maine Giraud:

Close up of a XO Cognac bottle Maine Giraud

And here you see the wood of a 20 year old “pied de vigne” in a Cognac vineyard.

This photo was taken much earlier in the year: freshly cut branches.

freshly cut in early year

Typical chalky, rough terroir (soil) of Cognac, Charente.

Soil from Charente, Cognac vineyard

A leave is struggling with health…

a Ugni Blanc leave with some problems

And another strange leave..

another Ugni Blanc leave with some mutant forms

The full grapes..

just a great Ungi Blanc grapes close up

… hanging from the vignes.

vineyard in Cognac closeup

In order to have a stable vineyard, the bois needs to be strengthened.

metal construction for holding the wood

.. by wood on the sides.

end to end wood for stabilizing vine

All kind of friends are on the ground – also look at the limestone..

end to end wood for stabilzing vine

So it can also happen that some leaves and plants totally give up…

some very sick leaves

.. others are fresh and green, full of energy..

rain drops on the Ugni Blanc leave

Here a machine I found not far away from a field. Rustic.

a machine close to the vineyard

Hope you like our little close-up collection, feel free to comment.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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