burgundy 2013 harvest – wednesday 2nd october…


Ever get the feeling that you are 1 or 2 days late?

Despite a swathe of the Côte de Nuits being untouched, indeed needing at least another week in some areas, I see the pictures of Jadot’s Musigny rolling along the triage table (today…) and can’t help thinking – ‘oops!’

Yesterday some excellent producers in Meursault already finished their harvest – think Javillier and Fichet. Patrick Essa has some lovely millerandes in his Meursaults that have helped bring his sugar levels to something over 13° of potential alcohol. Coche-Dury started picking their Corton-Charlemagne this afternoon, and Dubreuil-Fontaine started picking yesterday. Still there is still plenty to cut in Chassagne and Puligny. A few domaines began harvesting their Beaunes and Pommards in the autumnal foggy mist yesterday, but today was a blue sky day. Reports on those grapes are that the fruit is relatively easy to triage, so what they will make wine with is good quality, but it is a rare plot that reaches 20 hl/ha where it was hailed…

Anyway, enough of these second-hand photos and experiences, with the weather set fair, tomorrow I will have grapes in my own hands – not to mention an occasional glass!!!

Photos from: Faiveley, Jadot, Caroline l’Estimé, Nicolas Rossignol

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