Learning about wine, vines and vignerons whilst living in the Languedoc

Hard work continues


It has been a busy time in the cellars over the last few weeks despite my lack of updates. The reason is that the work has been mainly putting together orders of wine to be sent around the world. This is partly due to orders building up over the vendange period but also, no doubt, to merchants wanting stocks ahead of the Christmas and New Year period.

Adding labels and capsules

Adding labels and capsules

Orders have gone to Germany, Sweden, UK, various regions of France and these pictures show bottles being prepared for export to New York importer Camille Riviere who has an excellent range of French producers on his list. No doubt I have omitted other markets too.

Magnums of Classe ready for the Big Apple

Magnums of Classe ready for the Big Apple

Jeff and Michel packing cases with the help of high technology

Jeff and Michel packing cases with the help of some…er…. high technology

Palettes coming together for New York

Palettes coming together for New York

This is not glamorous but it is essential work. Meanwhile Jeff’s phone keeps ringing with requests for wine which are becoming more difficult to meet as stocks are running dry, some cuvées are already sold out. Other visitors arrive at the cave to taste and to buy a case or two and to be entertained by Icare’s antics.

Playing with a ball of wool

Playing with a ball of wool

Meanwhile Jeff still goes into the vineyards every day to check what is happening there and to ensure that all is well. The real work there will begin in January with pruning of the wood (taillage) which will last until March and I shall report then. But if you think Jeff is having an easy time, please think again. Long, long days of vineyard, cellar and admin work as well as sorting orders, dealing with everyday problems. So spare a thought for your winemaker, s/he works hard with their vocation.

Meanwhile I have been visiting a number of other winemakers and a wine fair and I shall report back soon. Thanks for reading.

Author: amarch34

I'm a recently retired (early!) teacher from County Durham in North east England. I am going to be spending most of the next year in the Languedoc leaarning about wines, vineyards and the people who care for both.

2 thoughts on “Hard work continues

  1. I see Roberson (merchant in London’s West Kensington) are listing the 2013s.


  2. Yes Graham. Orders have been flying out in the last few weeks and they already had some from the first batch. I ordered some from them early in 2014 and they were very quick in supplying my order. I’d definitely recommend them and that is a personal thing not just because of their association with Jeff.
    You’ll find some soon on Leon’s list too.


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