harvest: september 25th

Update 26.9.2012(25.9.2012)billn

Too true.

This morning we have managed to keep completely dry, despite a little rain in some parts of the Côtes. Lots of grapes to pick today as the forecast is rather bad for tommorrow. People are racing against the elements…

Our grapes today have been against (my) expectations – in both directions! Opening with Volnay Santenots and based on so many problems in the area, including a few who didn’t even bother to harvest, we have some lovely grapes. I suppose the appellation is over 30 hectares and ours, at least, had reasonqable yields and nice bunch confirmations. The Corton Clos du Roi that followed was less good; admitedly there was little to triage, but the berry size was quite large.

After lunch – and in occasional sunshine (shock!) – there was Santenay Clos Rousseau to follow the Corton and you could easily assume the appellations had been switched, again there was little to triage but the grapes were small and healthy – lovely stuff! Afterwards we had Santenay Villages which was pretty-much identical (optically!) to the Clos du Roi – big grapes but clean – so decent for villages! Very good Marsannay Longerois, even finer looking Gevrey 1er Lavaux St.Jacques and finally Maranges Croix de Miones were our last deliveries – the latter two waiting overnight in the cool trucks for sorting tomorrow.

6:50pm – the heavens opened for about 20 minutes.
9:00pm – thunder and lightening – rained virtually non-stop overnight

2010 Chassagne 1er Clos du Tête
1979 Corton-Charlemagne
2008 Charmes-Chambertin
1978 Charmes-Chambertin
1997 Volnay 1er Carelles

2003 Dauvissat Chalbils La Foret
2008 Janots Bos Chassagne
1962 Gevrey
1973 Voillot Volnay Champans
1996 Castagnier Latricières
2004 Bonnezeaux…

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