harvest trivia: the historical august harvests in Beaune

18.8.2020billn

Pommard - harvesting 2019...Looking at the list of the old ‘ban des vendanges‘ – and it goes ‘very old’ – the list goes back to 1370! The (prior) earliest harvest that I can find is the vintage 1556; the allowed starting date that year was the 16th August. Vintage 2003 was a much lazier 19th August! In the data there are 2 dates for the ban – one for Beaune, one for Dijon. I’ve taken the one for Beaune:

Here’s a quick look at the list of ‘August vintages’ as it currently stands:

Taken from records* starting from the year 1370:
(Year – date)
2020 – 14.8
1556 – 16.8
2003 – 19.8
2018 – 20.8
1559 – 24.8
2017 – 25.8
2015 – 26.8
1603 – 27.8
2011 – 27.8
1434 – 28.8
1684 – 28.8
1420 – 29.8
1473 – 29.8
1719 – 29.8
2007 – 29.8
1540 – 30.8
1673 – 30.8
1686 – 30.8
1706 – 31.8
*2007 was the last vintage where a ban des vendanges was called, and it was a largely symbolic 13 August – long before anyone picked, hence, I have not used that date for my list. Note these are the dates that grapes were picked in the Côte de Beaune, and to make still wines…

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There are 2 responses to “harvest trivia: the historical august harvests in Beaune”

  1. Suvro18th August 2020 at 8:28 pmPermalinkReply

    When we were in Justin vineyards in Paso Robles, there was an intern picking leaves for sending to an analytical lab. What kind of analysis would that be, any idea?

    • billn19th August 2020 at 12:12 pmPermalinkReply

      You should have asked them – I have no idea 🙂

      • Suvro21st August 2020 at 3:23 pmPermalinkReply

        Looks like they were testing for smoke from recent fires. Leaves are the best source for testing that.

  2. Michael Warner21st August 2020 at 2:40 pmPermalinkReply

    So what were the 1556s like then ?

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