Let me tell you – it’s quite chilly in the mornings. After handling the grapes for a while, you beg a large, restorative mug of coffee to tease the blood back into your fingers – well, I do anyway! The week is set fair with sunny days and cold nights – the forecasters suggest that temperatures might reach the heady heights of 24°C mid-week, but today, despite endless blue sky, it’s probably peaking at only 18°C.
Today it’s a balance between Côte de Beaune red and our first Côte de Nuits red. The glamorous grand cru, Corton Clos du Roi to finish our day versus ‘villages’ Gevery-Chambertin Le Crais to get us up and running. It’s not a big volume day, probably similar to yesterday with 4-5 tonnes of grapes, but we are slowly warming up to the more challenging days ahead. The Crais was a mix of super clusters and bigger fatter ones – in-line with the usual older/younger vines that we always see – indeed the old-vine part were the prettiest clusters I’ve seen so far. Unfortunately one or two cases of fruit also had more than a bit of powdery mildew (oïdium) which isn’t easy to triage – I’ve actually never seen this much before in any vintage. But, overall, very fine indeed 😉
The Corton Clos du Roi never has tiny, elegant clusters – they were big and warm (picked at 13h00) and seemed rather ripe – but then it’s like that every year, and every year it delivers a stunning wine – so let’s see.
Clean-up was quick, and needed just 75 minutes. A quick jog followed, then a visit to the wash-a-teria – showering beforehand, of-course 😉
Also today, as a trial, a new destemmer that should leave more intact berries and leave less stems in the mix. Let’s see!