11 september – 2015 harvest day 8

Update 12.9.2015(11.9.2015)billn

Found on a single vine in Ladoix – there were other bunches, green like chardonnay with a fainter pink skin, but none of those were ripe. This almost all pink was ripe and sweet, with little extra flavour to define it though. It showed a very open bunch structure with large (minimum 2cm) grapes (melons). I asked about half a dozen locals – nobody had any idea what it was.

Ouf! It’s already Friday – where did all the time go?

Really our biggest day, volume-wise, but aided by an early start and fruit that essentially needed minimal trie – sometimes unripe bunches (Ladoix) or sometimes a little dried fruit (Beaune 1er Avaux), or sometimes a little rot (Hautes Côtes de Beaune) yet we had the opportunity for the triage table to run at full speed – the first time this harvest. We were even finished rather early – 19h30! You know(?) there’s almost nothing else to say about today – very fine fruit indeed – still a vintage of very consistent bunches, not small berries but no melons either.

Lots of grapes today, but not so many words. One thing to note, however, despite a little sulfur added into the tank, and temperatures in those tanks of 10-12°C, we already have two reds beginning to ferment!

Nex week we have only 5 more lots of grapes to come for these 2015s, theoretically on Monday through to Wednesday, but with some heavy rain on Saturday, heavier on Sunday, and now the forecast for rain creeping into Monday too – that looks like a moving target for now. One thing is for sure though, no grapes on Saturday and Sunday!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “11 september – 2015 harvest day 8”

  1. kmilani12th September 2015 at 7:48 pmPermalinkReply

    Pinot beurot?

    • billn12th September 2015 at 10:00 pmPermalinkReply

      Not even close Kent. Pinot Beurot (pinot gris) has a browny colour and relatively small berries – definitely not pink like these.

  2. Roelof Ligtmans13th September 2015 at 8:33 amPermalinkReply

    Agree with Bill: berry size (too big), colour (too pink) & cluster form (very unlike the pinot family) don’t suit pinot beurot. My guess is Chasselas rose. This variety gives big pink berries, sweet but somewhat flavourless. Usually the grapes can be quite large, but very irrregular in form as well. We have some up against a wall, just for eating.

    • billn13th September 2015 at 7:22 pmPermalinkReply

      I think you may be right Roelof – I alternatively thought Schonberger could be a possibility. It would be interesting to know how it got into the nursery!

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