A late late late harvest…

I’m back into my blogging routine with a very late post about this year’s harvest in Saint-Emilion. Not too much writing but lots of pictures here. I know that how you guys like it :0).


The only thing you need to know really, is that it will be a terrific vintage in the likes of 2005 and 2009. Great harvest conditions and ideal weather throughout the Summer. A heat wave in August burnt part of the fruit though. Most châteaux in Saint-Emilion had to go through their vineyard twice in order to sort through the grapes. The sugar content was so high on some lots, that it will be chemistry 101 to try and bring the overall harvest down to the usual 13 or 14° (alcohol).


Anyway, great vintage and lots of fun picking our blue gold…

42 Comments Add yours

  1. bronwhy says:

    Yeah, I love a book with pictures ;)!

    1. bronwhy says:

      Stunning photo of the woman in red :)!

  2. Leilani says:

    You sure know how to capture the spirit of the moment. So many questions! Do you attend harvest at this vineyard every year? What an amazing haul.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Yes, harvest is quite a special time of year for us. Did you get my e-mail ?

  3. Vinny Grette says:

    When you say “Lots of photos”, you mean it! I loved the one of the grape-stained hands but so hard to pick a favorite. We’ll look for the 2016 wines from St Emilion!

  4. Wonderful photos as always! Merry Christmas Stephane!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Same to you my dear friend !!

    2. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my dear friend! Mery Christmas to you guys and a happy new year ! 🎄🎄🎁🎄🎄🎉

  5. Robert Hyman says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and the update on theBordeaux wine harvest. We are happy to see your blog again.My partner and I purchased a house in a medieval villagenear Limoges. After owning for a couple of years, we hope tostart renovations this summer. We can start spending May toOctober in France. Also hope to partake of one of your magicexcursions. I have already shared your site and chambres d’hotes information with friends and clients.Best wishes for the holidaysRobert

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much Robert ! I am so glad you’ll be half french from now on ☺ please let me know if you have practical questions of any kind. Settling in a foreign country can be overwhelming. Just getting wifi installed can make one insane 😬 Anyhow, thanks again and I wish you a merry Christmas and a very very happy new year 🎄🎄🍾🍾🎁🎁

  6. gypsygurl64 says:

    Wonderful photograph as always! I always miss your posts when you are busy with your other work! Happy Holidays to you and yours and a prosperous New Year! One day I will visit your world!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      All the very best to you as well my dear friend! I love the holiday season ☺😘🎄🎄🎁🎄🎄🍾🥂🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

  7. Great photos as always. So inspiring! Have a Happy Holiday and a blessed 2017.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! You too my dear 🎄🎄🎁🎄🎄

  8. Linda Duffin says:

    Your portraits are wonderful. Have a good Christmas!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks dear Linda! You too! 🎄🎄🎁🎄🎄

  9. Wonderful photos! Good to have you back on the blog. Merry Christmas to you and all good wishes for 2017! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merry Christmas to you too my friend ! I know 2017 will be a good year! I can feel it!

  10. Such wonderful photos Stephane. They show that it really does take a village for this process, and it also shows that everyone enjoyed it!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my friend. I was thinking of you when I posted it. I knew it would touch your authentic personality !

      1. How sweet of you to say so! ❤

  11. Fantastic photos, great to see your blog appear in my inbox again. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas. Susan x

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my dear Susan! Happy holidays to you too!

  12. Great to see you back, just in time for Christmas! I think I’d better head down to our cellar right now for a lovely bottle. Merry Christmas!


    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Janet! You too! It must be getting cold in your neck of the woods… ⛄️

      1. A bit. -10 (Fahrenheit) this morning with a wind chill of -20. It’s supposed to be 45 by next weekend, but mostly in the low 30’s.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Yuck ! I’m sending you some warm virtual hugs 🤗

          1. Always appreciated, whether now or in summer, Stephane.

  13. Steve says:

    Great “people” shots that shows your natural affinity and compassion for others. Brilliant light and color work as well. I’m glad you’ve gone back to “straight” work without too much PS. Your stuff is too good for gimmickry.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks friend. But now I’m done with pretty. I will aim for more substance from now on…

      1. Steve says:

        Forced “substance’ is artificial. These photos are filled with substance because they are real and natural. The rest is just artsy-fartsy bullshit. There are many there I would have been proud to call my own. Substance be damned! 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          I still need to find a voice… there isn’t anything here I’d be proud to show in a gallery like your barber shop photo or the one with the old guys on the ferry or…

        2. Steve says:

          OMG, you’re so hard on yourself and so unjustified! The guy balancing the basket on his head is a masterpiece. I can see at least 5 others that are outright brilliant. And the problem is that the harder you try the more elusive it will become. Ironic, since “it” is already there. You need a Skype intervention! 🙂

          1. My French Heaven says:

            OK, I’ll take the compliment 😉 A Skype is long overdue for sure! An American friend of mine who is a master film photographer is coming for a few days in April. I cannot wait to go on long shoots with him. I already know how to develop my negatives, but I will get him to teach me how to do my own prints. I need to shoot more film. My resolution for 2017 is to get my first M6 TTL…

  14. Nadia says:

    Superb photographs! Excited to try this vintage. The primeurs were excellent.

    1. Nadia says:

      We are coming to Bordeaux to visit La Cité de vins this week. Looking forward to it.

      1. My French Heaven says:

        I haven’t been there yet… The outside looks like a golden turd ☺ Let me know what you think

  15. Cheers. Here’s wishing you a great Christmas.

  16. Jody says:

    Nice to see you back! Hope our Holidays are grand.

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