harvest – 28th september


(in absentia as I had to come home to do something less manual!)

The last thing I did before I left yesterday was to taste through some of the different cuvées. Of-course it’s only fruit juice right now, and with so much sugar the pH of 3.2 means nothing! Still the colours seem to be extracting nicely and the flavours are very clean indeed – interesting that of the two (vinified separately) Volnay villages cuvées, one seemed more powerful, the other to have more complexity. Despite one needing more triage they both seem spotlessly clean – in the end I guess it’s just down to how much you have to throw away!

Today was a dry day in the Côtes. The home team brought in Marsannay and Gevrey. The Marsannay from the southern part of Les Longerois had lots of millerandes and was quite clean – a little botrytis, but only 100kg was thrown away from 3 tonnes of grapes. The Gevrey was a mix of older and younger vines; the young vines had more botrytis in the bunches than the older ones, but again significantly less to triage than either 2007 or 2008.

I await more info on toilet seats and photographic evidence of some decent grapes – I’ll update this when I have it.

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

There is one response to “harvest – 28th september”

  1. Eamon29th September 2010 at 7:50 pmPermalinkReply

    Good to hear – I was down in Meursault last week and the outlook wasn’t so positive. Crop down 30% due to rot.

    • billn30th September 2010 at 6:54 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Eamon – it remains to be seen for Meursault whether the negative outlook was simply because they had to throw away 30% of the fruit due to botrytis. As one vigneron told me – at least brotrytis indicates that the fruit is ripe 🙂

      Still, other producers have told me that quality is all over the map…!

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