Of-course, as it’s Saturday, the morning started in a very leisurely way; coffee and croissants – plus, for a change after this weeks misty weather, sun and blue sky! Friday afternoon the weather had turned warm – approaching 18 degrees, but today we topped out at about 22°C – the 5th of November too – it should be 5 or 6° – and wet!
Lunch at the Auberge du Vieux Vigneron in Corpeau – excellent – then a walking tour around Chassagne-Montrachet. There’s still nice colour in the vines, though they’ve lost 90% of their leaves – now it’s the ground-cover and the trees that are offering the colour contrasts.
Returning to Beaune I spotted a man and his horse below Criots Bâtard-Montrachet, only a village lieu-dit called Les Perclos, still on the Chassagne side. He was taking a lot of rests, so during one pause I asked: apparently the weeds/ground cover is very thick. Normally it would be dying off now, but as the summer was so dry and the last weeks relatively damp and warm, the ground cover is growing again. “Hard work for the horse, he’s not used to weather like this in November, in fact I’ve never ploughed like this in November before.”