harvest time…


At the home domaine anyway!

Today was the home-team’s start (ignoring a little bourgogne blanc must, already delivered) with grapes arriving from Beaune 1er Cras, Savigny 1er Les Peuillets and Aloxe 1er Les Valozières.
‘The Boss’ notes:

Honestly, it looks good – I’m surprised to be happy!
I’ve delayed as much as possible, but these vineyards (at least) are quite easy to triage – just some dried grapes from either hail or sunburn. So-far we’ve had no botrytis to remove, the grapes arriving this morning were cold and firm – it was around 5°C when they were picked. Of-course, every vineyard is different: some of my usual contracts I’ll walk away from due to pretty awful fruit. On the other hand some of my usual suppliers have walked away from me as they have nothing to sell. Clearly from what we have, the liquid to solids ratio is going to be quite low, yields probably averaging about 20hl/ha (some whites are lower!) but we won’t know for sure until we press…

The team is aiming to get some Meursault on Saturday, Volnays on Sunday and the Chassagne 1ers either Sunday or Monday. As noted, the mornings are cold but the harvest is being done today in bright sunshine – maybe there’s a chance of some rain on Friday though.

Many other domaines started last week for whites – in Meursault at least – to be joined by the likes of Jadot, Latour, Olivier Leflaive, Nicolas Rossignol, Thomas Bouley, J-N Gagnard, Antoinne Olivier, Chandon de Briailles and Ray Walker from yesterday onwards.

A small selection of their images:

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There is one response to “harvest time…”

  1. Mark Gough20th September 2012 at 8:25 pmPermalinkReply

    There are fantastic looking grapes in those pics Bill.

    Have been ‘wondering’ in recent weeks from various reports whether this might just be a vintage to surprise (to the upside of course).

    You doing much on that triage table then – music is ???

    Gawd, as my daughter might say, soooo wish I was in Morey working hard 🙁

    • billn21st September 2012 at 7:04 amPermalinkReply

      You know I don’t get there until Monday Mark – as for music, I understand one of our fellows from last year has sent in a CD of ‘kiwi beats’ – I am reserving judgement! 😉

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