I asked Mathew Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot for his rather wider view than my tour on Friday allowed:
“Chablis and especially Mâcon were in a situation of drought at the end of July, causing a delay in the initiation of véraison – they had just a small amount of rain amount in July, a few mm versus 60 to 80 in the Cote de Nuits.
The extreme heat of the 10 first days of August didn’t help the maturation process, but on the other side, helped to keep everything sound from a sanitary aspect.
The recent rain has really made everything easier, and the sugar accumulation has started, keeping away the phenomenon of concentration. I don’t currently expect that acidity levels will be very high – due to the extreme heat – except if concentration comes back with lack of water.
Cote de Nuits (and Cote de Beaune) look fine due to rain in July. Some more rain will be needed to achieve maturation in good conditions.
À très bientôt!“