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

Vandalism returns to Puimisson

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En francais

I was in a positive mood about the blog yesterday, very high reading figures after my article about the St. Chinian vineyard. I had a post in preparation about the new Puimisson vineyards of Jeff Coutelou, especially the exciting project to boost nature in the Peilhan vineyard. This photo taken at the end of September shows the hedge and fruit trees which Jeff has nurtured there to bring biodiversity to an area which is very much a monoculture of vines.

This work had been disrupted back in 2016 and 2017 by the acts of a vandal who set fire to the first trees and plants which Jeff put in. That person also burned other parts of Jeff’s vineyards, destroying more trees, plants and vines. I was based in France at that time and spent much of my time with Jeff. I know how hurt he was by those attacks for doing something which he, and all right minded people, saw as helping to improve the area. Whether jealousy, bitterness or madness the acts of the vandal or vandals were criminal. Then things seemed to stop, there were no more attacks. Until yesterday.

The same scene yesterday

It was a shock to receive a message from Jeff in the afternoon that he had just returned from Peilhan to find 500m of the hedgerow destroyed and still smoking when he was there, 500 trees included. To burn that much plantation the criminal had planned their actions, using petrol to target the length of the hedge.

It is just sickening, I am angry and frustrated and I can only imagine how Jeff must feel at this attack on everything he stands for. The messages of support he has received will boost his morale but I can only hope that he feels strong enough to fight back.

Nature still resists

Quick update – Jeff just posted this photo, he will fight back and trust in nature

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.

3 thoughts on “Vandalism returns to Puimisson

  1. Shocking. Such vulgar, destructive and senseless acts against nature exhibit a sick, twisted mind. It’s like young children who harm defensive animals, eventually escalating into full-blown psychopaths later on in life. I fear that this sick individual (or individuals) has (have) the capacity to do much greater harm some day. My heart goes out to Jeff.
    Alan, thank you for bringing this crime to my attention.

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  2. Only way to beat the bully’s is to keep going but really this is or certainly should be a police matter. Are they as useless as ours?
    Showing my support by buying plenty of Coutelou!

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  3. Hi, I live in Caux. Let me know when you are going to replant. Love to give you a hand.

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