4 February, 2022

My right hand hurts a bit, so I take care of other things: In the morning I first collect and bundle cut wood and then carry it to the ends of the rows of vines. After lunch: pruning, mostly with the left hand. Thomas is very enthusiastic about my speed, I don’t think I’m that much faster. At the same time, the vines were already pre-pruned by machine, so it goes quicker. Then later, because I prefer to be easy on my hands, I take care of the two lower wire ropes, which are not allowed to lie on the ground, and tie them together with clamps. In the evening we go and visit Anne-Cécile Jadaud and Tanguy Perrault. I represent Anne-Cécile with her red wines and Domaine Perrault-Jadaud, outside Germany, with their sparkling wines. In their cellar we taste the 2021 vintage, all of which had not yet gone through malolactic fermentation. Anne-Cécile’s Pineau d’Auni’s »Sergent Pepper« is brilliant. I wake up again at night, this time both hands are tingling from the pruning, the three middle fingers.

Using (blue) rope to tie the wood into bundle

Using (blue) rope to tie the wood into bundle

The middle two wire ropes are held together with clamps and put under tension

The middle two wire ropes are held together with clamps and put under tension