So much for the forecasters; brilliant blue sky at 8 a.m. The north wind is now a blustery cold wind, but keep to the sun and you are fine.
It’s a quite morning – racking the Meursault of Saturday afternoon into barrels, but no new fruit before lunch. We decide to take a walk in the vines above Pommard close to Volnay border – some occasional cloud passing over, but very pretty. As we return to Pommard, the pickers of Louis Jadot are hard at work in Les Rugiens.
Back to the domaine in time for lunch 😉 A beautiful deep flan-like quiche but with a little tuna, tomato farcie, the obligatory cheese and bread, then chocolate desert……….. Hmm, I almost forgot the wine; Réyane et Pascal Bouley 04 Volnay Santenots (modest 04 character) and 03 Engel Grands-Echézeaux: I may have been less than stinting in my recent praise of the 99 and 02 versions, but that can come with the territory of drinking such wines when young, but the 03 is a sweetie – super aromatics that transition from pure ripe fruit, to hints of tobacco after 90 minutes or so. Full palate, but with a balance that begs another sip – no awkward tannins either – a great success and whilst a little riper, I think I may prefer this to the DRC – or at-least my memory of it!
Waiting for us are the grapes from Beaune 1er Les Avaux: relatively clean, but the clone is not the best as it tends towards tight bunches of large
melons grapes – perfect for rot, or in 09 when the rot is largely absent, juice-bombs. We are tough with triage as any hint of under-ripe or rot is simply thrown away – no cutting! There is anyway enough juice. Fingers are cold from the wind after 2 hours of that! And no more grapes 🙁 Still there is much cleaning and preparation as we start the Côte de Nuits campaign tomorrow, whilst at the same time mopping up a little more Côte de Beaune. We even have 5 minutes of very light rain about 4:30 – drizzle actually – but then the wind drops and blue sky returns.
Whilst in the shower my mobile rings – it’s Le Chef from Remoissenet, we should have tasted his 08s today, but things became too busy: “I have a nice bottle of Bâtard-Montrachet open – fancy an aperitif?” Tough decision huh? We manage to shoe-horn him into our program and whilst we didn’t see the Bâtard, the bottle of 72 Volnay Santenots was consumed rather quickly! Anyway we now have a new booking to taste his 08s on Tuesday.
That only leaves dinner; paté, various salads, quenelles, the obligatory cheese and bread, and a selection of leftover deserts from the last two days – lubricated by a magnum of 01 Deveny Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Les Chagnots, Mugnier’s 06 Chambolle Fuées and a Freestone 05 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The Mugnier was rather muscular – much more Bonnes-Mares-like than I remember his 97-01 bottles.
And to bed…