The vineyards of Vignobles Raguenot.
Photo Courtesy Vignobles Raguenot
Bordeaux is one of France’s iconic wine regions, recognized for quality and tradition. While enthusiasts know this source for some of the world’s most expensive collectibles and elegant châteaux, the region expresses dynamism and depth through many family wineries.
The harvest brings a moment to reflect on all that has happened since spring, when the vineyards woke up for the 2020 vintage. The Bordeaux vines started their cycle as the pandemic took hold, causing everyone to change gears in their personal and professional routines. But the vines didn’t slow down.
“In March and April, when our president wanted all French people to stay at home, the vines were growing very fast and we couldn’t stop them,” says Brigitte Destouet, vineyard and sales manager at Château Guibeau.
Destouet needed her vineyard team, and like many wine families, she had concerns that staff would be unable to come to work. “If they didn’t, we couldn’t harvest vintage 2020. They did! They came!” says Destouet. “They were at the vineyard every day. They never stopped working while respecting the health rules. We are very grateful for them.”
Brigitte Destouet and her husband Eric, Château Guibeau
Photo Courtesy: Château Guibeau. Château Dauphiné-Rondillon in Loupiac, one of the best spots for sweet (or golden) Bordeaux wines. She echoes the appreciation for relationships this year: “I’m grateful for all the great people we have met thanks to our profession and for Mother Nature’s great