28 August, 2015

Measuring the mosts


A warmer summer than ever.

As well as a drier summer than ever.

We are finally back from holidays and have collected samples to measure the grapes. (Done manually).



They are not there yet but they certainly approach the sugarlevels, we are after.

The Pinot Meunier-grapes are more advanced than the Chardonnays. The Chardonnays of Soulières are more advanced than those in Loisy-en-Brie even they were pruned later. The Pinot Meunier/Noir that is pruned cordon-style is less advanced, the low Pinot Meunier of Loisy-en-Brie is the more advaned and Belles Feuilles-plot in Soulieres is inbetween.

These measures are what we use to decide when to harvest what, and to discuss dates when we meet with fellow wine growers from our local area later today.

These discussion are held all over the vignoble, and they will result in the official start dates to be known later today.

So you'll know as well. Whether you're enrolled in our team or not.



This coming-up-soon vintage of 2015 can only be very interesting.

27 August, 2015

Den smukke festival forleden (den med vin, du ved)



Østjylland forleden.

Østjylland hver sensommer. Måske også noget for dig?



Par nummer fem melder klar.



Vi var på vinfestival denne weekend.



Den smukkeste af de mest gastronomiske, som det fremgår.

Med et udvalg af vores champagner.



Festen foregik i disse, nydelige omgivelser.

Thingstedhus ved Horsens, som forhandler vores champagner.



Og med Dannebrog på plads i toppen fra morgenstunden

Ligesom solen, der ikke forlod os den udslagne dag.



Og så kan man godt gå hen og blive tørstig.

For alvor. Eller for sjov.

Nogle af jer vidste lige, hvad I ville have.





Andre prøvede sig frem glas for glas.

Og det er altsammen, som det skal være.



Ikke for det.

Der var da sørget for spytteskåle



Og den sødeste hjælper til at tømme dem.



Vi fik blot ikke megen brug for denne friske 10-åriges hjælp.

Det blev aldrig nødvendigt at tømme.



Fra klokken 11 og seks timer frem.

Skænkede vi champagne stort set uafbrudt.

Og i hvert fald et enkelt stille øjeblik. Fremgår det.



Østjyder har det ok med champagne.

Det må være dagens konklusion.

Og mon ikk' der er festival igen om et år?

Det er vel ik' så ringe?

21 August, 2015

Husk smagsdag på Thingstedhus


Sådan ser den nye Noirs & Blancs ud.

Du kan smage den i morgen, den 22. august, hvis du dukker op på Thingstedhus ved Horsens den 22. august fra kl 11.

Under trækronerne stiller vi op sammen med en masse andre gode folk med ditto vine og madvarer. Du betaler en entré, og får adgang til smagsprøver og gode snakke den udstrakte dag.

Vi glæder os. Kom og smag.




16 August, 2015

Kom og smag på Thingstedhus


Sådan ser den nye Noirs & Blancs ud.

Den ligner til forveksling den gamle. Men den smager lidt anderledes.

Selvom vi prøver at få vores champagnetyper til at minde om hinanden år efter år, er de aldrig identiske, og det er så fint. Årene er jo ikke ens.

Jeg tænker, vi har den med på Thingstedhus ved Horsens den 22. august fra kl 11 til 16.30.

Under trækronerne stiller vi op sammen med en masse andre gode folk med ditto vine og madvarer. Du betaler en entré, og får adgang til smagsprøver og gode snakke den udstrakte dag.

Vi glæder os. Kom og smag.

12 August, 2015

Review from Rheingau: On women and wine


"Naturally I discussed the theme of Women and Wine with Solveig," says Christin Jordan in her blog.

"She sees the womens share of the top jobs as growing as well as making the rather Scandinavien point-of-view "isn't that rather normal?" And: "Women don't make different wines than men. Different (male) winemakers make different wines, different (female) winemakers make different wines. Wines for men, wines for women, actually it's not really a theme here. Differences are more likely to occur when it comes to communication."

Writes Christin Jordan, who is both journalist and winemaker.

She came with her Danish husband, with whom she makes Dalgaard & Jordan wines in Mittelrhein in Germany.

The quote is from the blogpost, Christin wrote from their recent visit in Champagne

Read the rest of it here (in German).

08 August, 2015

Særlige festflasker

Nogle gange får jeg et lidt nærmere forhold til de flasker, jeg sælger.

Fordi det kræver lige lidt mere kommunikation.
Fordi lejligheden er lidt mere speciel.
Eller fordi familien deler lidt flere detaljer om baggrunden for at de vil nyde netop champagne på deres store dag.

For nogen tid siden blev jeg kontaktet af en dansker, der holdt til på den anden side af jorden.

Bobler til flere fester
Vedkommende var på jagt efter champagne til en serie af flere særlige lejligheder, og kunne ikke selv tage sig af det på grund af bopæl meget langt væk fra blandt andet også moderne bekvemmeligheder som daglig netforbindelse.

Jeg hjalp derfor med nogle flasker på rette sted.

Og med vejledning, da familien ikke drikker vældig meget champagne, og derfor ikke havde megen fornemmelse af, hvad der kunne passe. Det er jo klart nok.

Ekstra dejligt derfor at få en tilbagemelding på første heat af festen:

"Det var så festligt at kunne begynde min datters konfirmation med et glas champagne,"

Den anden fest lurer i horisonten engang i næste måned.

Forhåbentlig bliver det lige så fornøjeligt :-)

04 August, 2015

Taking care of the veteran


Once per week Alain cuts the tops of the vines in all three hectares.

This is necessary to keep the lines of vines nice and the branches at the same heighth.

After follows a thoroughly cleaning of our old machine.


Little pieces of leaves stay wherever it is possible.

If they are left, the risk of rust is bigger.

And we actually do care.

Even the machine is a veteran, it still costs money to buy a new one.

So we prefer to take care of what where is. An ok principle in general, I believe, don't you?

02 August, 2015

Babytalk



A baby was born.

Third son of our employee.

We like to congratulate with something useful.

With years of experience we are quite convinced: You can never be wrong when you choose Lego's.

This is where a future engineer may start his career. The ability to solve problems may come in very handy later. Whether in the vineyards or elsewhere.

Felicitations, little one :-)

01 August, 2015

The hidden bottle


This is where I'd like to spend my holidays.

I do not know excactly where the champagne is, but I'm pretty sure there is a cool bottle and two glasses at the window of the lighthouse to match the splendid view of ...

For more destinations, please have a look at this gallery.

All imagined by Francois Smidt, Reims-based artist.

I look very much forward to visit his atelier and discover more after the grapeharvest.

31 July, 2015

A treat with champagne: Sorrel and trout


This looks a bit strange. I know.

I was not that focused, as I came back from 30 degrees Celsius or more in the fields.

But believe me, this is nice with champagne.

Spiced with sorrel and trout.

You need 3 eggs, 150 grams of flour and baking powder. Stir this and add 12,5 cl of lukewarm milk and 10 cl of oil, little by little as you stir and change between the two. Then 100 gram of cheese, parmesan is nice but so is any cheese with good taste. It does not matter if it was forgotten a couple of weeks, it works well this way anyway.

Finally you add what gives the taste.

Sometimes I am lucky to find sorrel in the garden. If not I buy it frozen. I reduce it on the pan, add for instance 200 g trout (this one was smoked) or salmon, salt and pepper and finally mix everything. If you do not have acces to sorrel, you can try chives.

Bake it at 180 degrees Celsius for about 40-45 minutes.

Serve in slices or cubes with champagne. This combination works well with Tradition or Blanc de Blancs, the lemony taste of the sorrel goes nicely with Chardonnay.

It feeds.

Why don't you try and tell me what champagne would be your preferred combination?