wednesday 8th update


Posts on this are getting fewer and farther apart as the harvest is all-but completed. My home domaine reports that the Gevrey grand crus that were harvested at the beginning of this week exceeded expectation. The Latricières from this grower is frankly always ‘poor looking’ and this year a full 20% was discarded during triage (that’s a lot!) but what remained looked better even than in 2005! Considering the winemaker thought he might turn down the fruit 3 weeks ago, he was completely amazed. Actually there is still some fruit to harvest, and that’s in the Hautes Côtes – this will be done at the end of this week in sunshine and the warmest temperatures for a month – 23°C is forecast.

What of what went before? Well the whites are just starting to ferment, though most of the reds are still ‘cold soaking’ – the Pommard however, has almost completed its alcoholic fermentation. When fermented to ‘dry’, maybe they will be drawing lots for who has to taste, given the high pre-malo acidity – still it will be cheaper than visiting the dentist for tooth whitening 😉

A short report from David Clark in Morey:

“We picked everything in good conditions on Wed and Thursday last week. Very little rot and sugars ranging from 11.5 for the Passetoutgrains to 12.9 for the Vosne. Acidities are a little high, but it seems that will be the hallmark of the vintage. Fermentations are just starting now.

The Vosne looked very nice indeed – had a bit more rot than some of the plots, but the average berry size was tiny. Just a shame there isn’t more of it!!”

I’ll also add the last three updates from Domaine de la Vougeraie:

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There is one response to “wednesday 8th update”

  1. pablo10th October 2008 at 2:16 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill
    many thanks for all your comments and great work. I wish you all the best for your birthday. I will be next friday to sunday in Beaune.
    Have a nice day

    • billn13th October 2008 at 7:01 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Pablo – you are too kind.
      Enjoy the nice (I hope) burgundian weather

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