Yesterday was a day in the Côtes – well, Côte de Nuits anyway. Three super visits; two new domaines (Fougeray de Beauclair and JP & S Magnien), an update from an old contact (Comte Liger-Belair), lunch at the Table de Pierre Bourée and, of-course, a few bottles needed collecting 😉
“so far my vines are in great health, but that’s only because I didn’t take a holiday this summer”
Naturally you’ll be interested in the weather and the grapes: there had been heavy rain overnight and we had only 15°C for most of the day – it was forecast to be 12° on Saturday! Vignerons are not too concerned about the low temperature as odium will not grow when it’s so cold, but that’s provided there is some sun to continue the ripening process – the grapes need more sugar. The grapes themselves are generally in better health when compared to 2 weeks before the 2004, 2006 and 2007 harvests, but clearly some plots have already succumbed to rot.
Some producers are already saying that they may not start harvesting until October, others that they cannot go beyond 27th September because the grapes will be too rotten. All the vignerons though are crossing their fingers for the north wind and an end to the rain. My favourite quote was the one above!