Le Vendangeur (the Harvester) originates in the southern Rhone Valley of France in a vineyard blessed with old vines and a unique terroir, the key ingredients needed to create wines of exceptional quality.
Vincent De Kime
Vince DeKime with 'Aged' Barrels in the winery
Vince DeKime with 'aged' barrels purchased from the Guigal family's Château d’Ampuis in the N. Rhone
Pruning Vines in the Vineyard
This is Vince DeKime pruning vines in February of 2014 - it was a warm day for February but shirt sleeves still required.
White Grapes in the Field?
There are only enough white grapes in the vineyard to make about 40 cases of wine (not for Le Vendangeur) for now but interspersed with the Rhone red varieties planted decades ago you occasionally come upon the unexpected pleasure of a siting of a lone vine with white grapes - usually Marsanne. These are old vines and so not hugely productive but instead have buckets full of character.
Vince DeKime during the harvest of 2011 with the most beautiful, plump and sweet bunches of grenache grapes - so gorgeous they had to be photographed.
Autumnal Foliage in the Vines in France
Jamie Song amongst the autumnal vines.
Official Vendangeur Delivery Vehicle
This is the Official Vendangeur Delivery Vehicle.....in my dreams.
Put very simply, racking means to siphon the wine from one container to the next, so as to leave any sediment behind.
Jamie Song picking more than his share of the grapes - he was voted 'Harvest King' for vintage 2011.
Wine Consultant - Vincent DeKime
Vincent DeKime is a Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Certified Wine Educator
Tasting the 2014 Vintage in Barrel
2013 was the first vintage of Le Vendangeur and it was a challenging one because of the wet spring and summer. It's strength is in the aroma which is very concentrated. The 2014 vintage is also beautifully concentrated, fuller in body and is structured for ageing. The 2015 vintage has it ALL! It will be incredible and the grapes were some of the most beautiful I've seen. I can't wait for you to try them all!
Upgrading the Cork
Looking carefully at cork quality from a new producer.
Corking the magnums of 2014 by hand
We corked 110 magnums of of Le Vendangeur 2014 by hand.