Burgundy Harvest: 20 Sept 2014…


DSC05021It’s Saturday!!

But no rest for the wicked – or those with grapes! The rain started again on Friday evening ~21h00 – it was still raining at 12h30, but I’ve no idea when it stopped. There were a few spots of rain this morning too, but not enough to really wet – the sun shone brightly from about 14h00 though. There’s the possibility of a storm with hail forecast for Sunday, so tomorrow we have no grapes – but there was plenty to pick today, hence, we triaged from 10h00-19h00 – admittedly with the two obligatory coffee-pauses and a good lunch. I brought the 1973 no-name Romanée St.Vivant – all chocolate, width and with just a faint suggestion of oxidation. It exceeded my expectations!

And the grapes? First, it was the return of the Santenay Villages whose picking was cut short yesterday due to the storm. Beautiful grapes as you can see below. Then (fanfare…) Corton Clos du Roi, then Maranges 1er Croix Aux Moines. Actually the loveliest grapes were the Santenay; the Clos du Roi had no rot but we had to concentrate on eliminating the small, dried grapes from the triage table – and there were lots. One of our parcels of Maranges had quite a bit of unripe clusters – we didn’t really want to pick it until next week – but given the forecast, the grower decided not to wait. Still, a rosé will also be made tonight 😉

First, the Santenay:

And the others:

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