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Last year we had bernache for the first time. It’s basically grape juice at the beginning of its fermentation. It’s popular in Touraine and particularly in Anjou (also in Alsace where it’s called vin nouveau). It’s usually available from October to about mid-November but this year it was a bit earlier and we found it at  wine co-op in Mont-Près-Chambord. Traditionally accompanied by grilled chestnuts and walnuts, it’s a thick rather syrupy liquid which has been fermenting for 3 or 4 days and only lasts for a few days. Since it can be very fizzy, it can’t be transported. The lid always has a  hole in it. It is a transitional stage in traditional wine-making.

L’année dernière, nous avons goûté à la bernache pour la première fois. C’est le nom donné au jus de raisin au début de sa fermentation. Populaire en Touraine et surtout en Anjou, mais aussi en Alsace sous le nom de vin nouveau, elle se déguste d’octobre à mi-novembre environ mais cette année les vendanges ont commencé plus tôt et nous l’avons trouvé à la cave coopérative de Mont Près Chambord. C’est un breuvage trouble et laiteux, plus ou moins doux qui a travaillé pendant 3 à 4 jours au moins et ne dure que quelques jours. Étant parfois très pétillante, elle n’est pas transportable. Il faut faire un trou dans la capsule. C’est une étape transitoire de la vinification traditionnelle. 

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9 comments on “New wine from the co-op – Bernache de Mont-Près-Chambord

  1. Wendy

    I just wrote a post on the beautiful castles in the Loire Region. Maybe I have to spend one on the amazing wines they have. You wine is one of the reasons I love France.

    1. avril Post author

      Mainly the whites, of course, though there are a few decent reds!

  2. Richard

    This is new to me – we’ll have to try it! (I particularly like the sound of having this with grilled nuts.) Thanks for introducing us to bernache.

  3. June de Silva

    This is new to me, too. Thanks for the introduction! Can’t wait to try…

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