Escale verte : « De Gallant » à Bordeaux2 mai 2019
The schooner returns from it’s transatlantic for its first stop in the port of the Moon. The big sailing ship is back from the islands, for a decarbonised loaddrom the heart of the maritime vineyard.
Crédit photo : Blue Schooner Company
The schooner "De Gallant" crosses the Atlantic and after a tropical winter, docked this morning at Ponton d'Honneur, in the heart of Bordeaux.
"Return of the Islands", four barrels of Château Le Puy
and a barrel of Black Mountain
whiskey come home. A biological cargo will be loaded before sailing north.
After leaving La Rochelle last November, the ship went to the West Indies, so Bordeaux is her first stop on the European continent.
Synonymous with the best vineyards, a maritime know-how and a sense of proverbial hospitality, Bordeaux welcomes the sailboats chartered by TOWT - Transport à la Voile
since 2014, and it is a must stop for sailboat transport, both existing and future (Phoenix Class - Sailboat-Cargo
Beginning this afternoon, the ship will be loading organic wines for the TOWT - Sailing Transportation distribution network.
This vortex transport is characterized, on each bottle, by the ANEMOS
label, a real lever for promoting decarbonisation in maritime transport.
In the program :
"De Gallant", whose stopovers are "logistical" load this day and will depart tomorrow Friday, May 3 for a passage of Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge at 17:30.
The schooner, from one estuary to the other, will then head to Nantes, where it is expected on Monday, May 6 for a comparable load, before heading back to the west for an unloading at Lesconil, then Douarnenez, the homeport of TOWT. Embarkations are available.
"Since the 2012 vintage, Château Le Puy has been sailing barrels up to the West Indies aboard large sailing ships, in partnership with TOWT - Transport à la Voile. From these long voyages, around the Atlantic, on the trade wind route, to the rhythm of rolling and pitching, the cuvée called "Return of the Islands" becomes a beautiful expression of fruit accompanied by soft and melted tannins, for a harmonious wine and very expressive; thus renewing with a century-old tradition, the alliance of the great wines of Bordeaux and the tall ships sailing the Atlantic. This year again, Château le Puy renews the adventure with TOWT, after previous successful editions."
"Black Mountain Company continues its whiskey maturation experiment by sending a third cask to the seas, always in partnership with TOWT - Sailing. This double crossing of the Atlantic promises great adventures for the barrel and a new pleasant tasting surprise on its return. The first was loaded in May 2016 aboard the "Grayhound" and validated the positive impact of a stay at sea on the maturation of whiskey, under the name "Black Mountain - Spirit Of The Sea", which delighted the amateurs. "
"The transatlantic" De Gallant "started under the sign of cognac and continues under those of wine and whiskey. This "spirituality" of sailing should not hide the concrete ecological logistic proposal that the large sailing ships offer now, on transoceanic routes as cabotage. The existing ships, sailing heritage jewels are the historic relays to which a homage is here rendered by the work and to whom TOWT - Transport à la Voile works to generate a modern and complementary descent via the Phoenix class of the Sailboat-Cargo. "