There was a lot of rain overnight, fortunately the daytime was drier. The morning was punctuated by some heavy bursts, but only for 10-15 minutes at time – p.m. was mainly dry.
Our first grapes of the day were from the Santenay 1er of La Comme – quite a bit of triage needed here – hailed berries, botrytis, etc. – about a 2007 level of triage rather than (worse) 2004, our team boss said these were the worst grapes of the vintage so far. Next-up was Vosne villages: the old vines have produced clean, lovely millerandes (like every year), only the younger vines had fatter berries and needed a little more triage – a decent percentage of perfect clusters were used for the cuvée. Then Beaune Les Avaux – always fat berries from this vineyard ‘selection’ but again a relatively easy triage – overall everything seems to have very good ripeness this year, it is mainly some ‘second-set’ bunches that are being discarded as unripe, unlike last year where most of the triage was for removing unripe clusters.
2000 St.Aubin 1er Pitangerets
2004 Aloxe 1er Les Guerets
2007 Gevrey 1er Les Cazetiers