A stroll around the village of Chassagne this afternoon – like most of the Côte d’Or, and despite the nice picture I shared of veraision in Corton on 9 July – veraison is still on a low level in both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. In the middle of this week Boris Champy at the Clos de Lambrays told me that they had only 2-3% veraison.
Of note was a big storm on Friday evening – about 11pm with very heavy bursts of rain and enough wind to bring small branches down from trees – but I’ve not encountered reports of any damage.
[EDIT: I spoke to Guillaume Tardy on Monday – he tells me that he lost 10-15% of his Nuits Bas du Combe to hail impacts – which is on the northern side of Nuits – but vines he has on either side of these which were unaffected – so it was very localised – I have seen some very modest impacts in Vosne – practically nothing – take a look at Monday’s images…]
Generally in the vines there is still a small amount of ploughing, vine triming and some last treatments – you are not allowed to harvest within 30 days of your last treatment, so there’s still a few days of potential treatments to go in the chardonnay, if harvesting commences towards the end of August – as seems likely.