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

a bottle from the island

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.

Xynthia damage Ile de Re

Normally the harvest should be a good one, but the storm made damage to about 150 hectares of vineyard.

Source: Cognatheque.com
Photo: AP / Remy de la Mauviniere

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