Great fruit this morning – in parts anyway – and that was Santenay Clos Rousseau. There’s a young-vines part, an old-vines part, and a very old-vines part. It seems to me that there’s usually a bit of competition with the grower’s own pickers as to who gets what – we seemed to have a bit of everything today. There are some vintages where occasional barrels of this wine have a grand cru class about their mid-palate and finishing complexity, but frustratingly the assemblage of barrels has never quite managed to capture that – I suppose that the next time it happens, I will have to buy a whole barrel 😉
There was no oïdium here, but there was botrytis in the younger vines with their fatter bunches – all easy to triage, and that’s exactly why we do triage. The form of the clusters from the old vines reminded me quite a lot of the pretty, small clusters from 2010, but generally (as every day) the cluster size was larger.
Just before lunch our chief had frown on his face while speaking into his phone – he’d called one hour ahead, as planned, about delivering the cases to a grower for our afternoon’s grapes – to which the grower replied, ‘Oh we’re now going to pick those vines tomorrow’. Our chief, biting his lip, pointed out that he’d arranged Tuesday because he would have no cases available on Wednesday, as we already had a full day planned. In response to this info the grower got a little ‘shouty’ – that’s the reality of buying grapes, often you have to take what you’re given and say ‘thank-you’ – particularly from sought-after villages…
So no grapes at all this afternoon, we lunched then cleaned – the place was spotless by 15h00. But tomorrow we will have 12 tonnes – lots of coffee will be required as I doubt we will be finished before 10pm.