sunday 15 Sept – harvest 2019 update


2019 passes the iPhone test!
Our truck driver was amply able to demonstrate the ripeness of this year’s grapes:

Loading the truck with the bins of chardonnay from Pernand’s Sous Fretile, then tying the bins down, our chauffeur set off driving from the top of Pernand-Vergelesses – bumpy and narrow to start – then drove all the way to the Remparts de Beaune to make the grape delivery at the cuverie.

It was only when unloading that the phone spotted, forgotten! It was still glued by the sugar to the lid of the cases on the open-backed truck – it hadn’t moved an inch!

We began our day with the aforementioned Sous Fretile; as always a lot of pinot beurot co-planted in this plot as was once the fashion – today the domaine only replants with chardonnay. These are the best white grapes I’ve triaged so-far this year; very little oïdium and practically no rot or dried grapes – looking good!

Then it was back to the Chorey-lès-Beaune, a somewhat monotonous proposition – but that’s what happens when you have 2 hectares of the stuff – I’m hoping for more variety tomorrow! Today’s Chorey delivered the same experience as yesterday’s. Some triage to be done for dried grapes and a little rot – but all easily done – the quality looks high.

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

There are 2 responses to “sunday 15 Sept – harvest 2019 update”

  1. Fred Schilling15th September 2019 at 11:08 pmPermalinkReply

    Sous Fretille is the new poor man’s Corton-Charlemagne. Some delightful wines from this vineyard.

    Abundance of sugar a pointer to a touch of overripeness?


    • billn16th September 2019 at 6:39 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Fred – plenty of natural sugar certainly points to a warm vintage – I’m currently thinking a little less than 2018, but just about all the natural alcohols I’ve seen so far were over 13!

  2. goughie1316th September 2019 at 9:30 amPermalinkReply

    Morning Bill. Enjoying the reports before my own arrival. Am intrigued by your reference to Sous Fretile (one l). Not trying to ‘catch you out’, heaven forbid, I’ve always seen it referred to as per Fred’s reference – and totally agree with him on the wines from this site. I’ve checked the likes of Hanson and the ‘Climats & Lieux-Dits’ tome but can only see ‘Fretille’ ?

    Re the Chorey, what’s that card playing term 😉 ? If I recollect correctly then I’ll ‘see you’ your Chorey and ‘raise you’ (Arlaud’s) 5 ha Bourgogne Roncevie 🙂 !

    Watch the posture at that triage table !

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