On Ile de Ré (the island at the coast of Charente-Maritime) the harvest comes closer and has been kicked off in the last days. Below a picture of Ile de Re Camus: a fine Island Cognac
But Christophe Barthère (head of the coopérative Uniré) stays sceptical and prefers to remain a bit careful. Some vineyards were damaged by storm Xynthia – this leads to dirty grapes. And those dirty grapes must not be mixed with others before the vinification process starts. That is critical.
Normally the harvest should be a good one, but the storm made damage to about 150 hectares of vineyard.
Photo: AP / Remy de la Mauviniere