The time is nigh – I’ll be at the triage table from tomorrow for five days.
Despite the early predictions of mid-August harvesting and the hot weather of the last couple of weeks, many will not start their picking until the calendar turns to September. There’s a big difference between Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits ripeness this year, in fact the ripeness border is sitting somewhere around Beaune just now. I know a number of estates that started to take in some CdB Bourgogne Rouge and parcels of villages whites (Meursault for instance) at the weekend; the first premier crus of Nicolas Rossignol (Volnay Les Angles) were harvested yesterday. Yet as contributors to the forum note, many (though not all) vines in Savigny need the best part of a week longer and so it goes as you head north.
The photos above are this year’s Meursault, Volnay and ladybirds – I’ll be watching out for those little blighters!
Vintage news. More tomorrow…