Vintage 2009

harvest 2009 – wednesday 16th sept

By billn on September 17, 2009 #vintage 2009

The home team 2009: Gareth, Gillian, Marie, David & Shane (Joseph is missing, he was working away from the cuverie)

After the exertions of the Duvault-Blochet the night before (and it turns out the sauce was actually based on Nuits St.Georges!) it comes as something of a shock to be greeted by early morning skies that are far from blue – in fact they are leaden. At least they are retaining their moisture and the streets are now largely dry.

I arrive at the home domaine to find that our planned picking of the Vosne is delayed to the next day due to the rain and cold of yesterday – the rain stopped in the early hours – but at least we have some breeze that’s slowly drying the place. We are still waiting for grapes from both extremities of the Côtes – Gevrey grand crus plus Santenay and Maranges. The grapes sound absolutely perfect in the south, but I’ve no info yet on the Gevrey ‘big boys’. Okay there’s still much to do before lunch…

Lunch is a busy affair (oops, inappropriate word – but our chef has anyway returned!); a tasty ‘salad’ of chopped potatoes, sausage, beans etc., followed by ribs done in a dark and tasty honey glaze, the ubiquitous cheese and bread followed by up-side-down pineapple sponge. Clearly that needed washing down with a combination of Vosne, Cazetiers, Combe-Aux-Moines, Vaucrains and Chapelle from 2007! We contemplate a delivery from Gevrey over our coffee – it should arrive sometime in the late afternoon. I decide to ’embrace’ our chef on our last day – he comments that at least I shaved, my wife too 😉

I pack my bags and make a quick tour as I head for home – a quick visit to Maison Nicolas Potel but they are quite busy with a TV crew from Hong-Kong TV who are filming their triage. Next to Morey, first to see Kellen Lignier – she only has her aligoté to bring in which she will do tomorrow (Thursday) morning – she looks very satisfied, and has decided to bottle her Combottes only in magnums! Next to Domaine David Clark – he’s chatting to his Dutch importer and Jan van Roekel. He’s already brough in some perfect Vosne villages and is waiting for the weekend for his Côte de Nuits and Bourgogne. The Morey also waits on the vines but it’s only a tiny parcel so he has the luxury of waiting for ‘perfection’. He’s also very happy with what he’s so-far harvested.

Vicki Fourrier tells me that Domaine Fourrier are starting their harvest campaign tomorrow (Thursday) and will pass on more info as they see what goes into their tanks.

In the late-afternoon the home domaine grapes arrive from, Gevrey and in very good shape. The plan is now to get everything in by Friday as the forecast is rain for Thursday and maybe storms – thunder and lightening – at the weekend. Muddy boots and wet grapes or not, it looks like a spin of the roulette wheel for those planning to pick at the weekend or beyond.

And that’s it for first-hand reports I’m sad to say – of-course it won’t end here…

PS – Vincent Dancer reminds us what it’s all about with – jus!

mark – pernand-vergelesses day 3 thurs 10th sept

By on September 16, 2009 #vintage 2009

Morning over to Volnay. Now here’s a genuine steal cum bargain of a wine in that a la Dubreuil-Fontaine the Volnay is a blend of premier cru and village and is currently Euros 18 !!! Think I need some. Quite often when a domaine wine has been produced for tasting it has been a Volnay.

For the record the 3 PC sites, all below the RN74, are Carelle Sous Chapelle, Les Brouillards and Les Lurets. The latter was a mystery to me until today. We started in Carelle and a hard morning’s graft switching sites saw all Volnay done. The Carelle was right up to the Chapelle wall off which the sun bounced.

The afternoon per my notes seems unremarkable – Pernand 1er cru Ile des Vergelesses again and yet more of what seems the unremitting Aloxe Corton rouge (although I have wondered if I’m getting my P-V and A-C villages mixed up .?)

This was “it” vineyards wise – one soon gets settled into a daily routine. Emotions picking can be mixed from the initial (for me) early morning stiffness, peer pressure fear of keeping up / not wanting to fall behind, exhilaration at the sometimes achingly beautiful sites and vistas, cursing the blunt secateurs (swapped mine a few days in getting so exasperated), getting cross with the lack of effort from certain vendangeurs and unwillingness to help others, getting cross with the porteur who was supposed to empty one’s bucket when full, cursing the bunches of grapes which are twisted amongst vines, stems, wires and refuse to be parted, the essential constant water volume intake to slake a thirst like no other, relief / exhilaration at completing a row, etc etc.

Our full day’s routine starts with breakfast ( coffee, tea, or chocolate with bread + jam or marmalade) at 7 a.m., then gathering in the courtyard with Madame Annie Dubreuil taking a register of attendance with long wooden clipboard, followed by ‘mounting’ one of the 3 camions (vans) to the initial destination. Certain need to be both organised and initially warm – for me I need to check I have secateurs, rubber glove for left hand only (prefer to keep right hand ‘free’ for secateurs), knee pads, blackberry for any spare journal moments (fleeting hence my being so behind), camera, water bottle, reading glasses and suitable clothing. Has soon got warm but first thing can be a bit ‘nippy’.

The usual main events of the day (morning departure, lunch, dinner) are all signalled by the vigorous ringing of a wall mounted metal bell. We are usually in the first vineyard by 8 unless going a distance and, like Arlaud last year, Dubreuil-Fontaine seem to be one of always the first into the vines. We work flat out until somewhere between 9 and 10 and then seems to a religious break. At this point many of my fellow vendangeurs produce a large salami and soft cheese sandwich (chass-croux ?) which are made in the refectory kitchen pre departure. Almost unbelievably (to me) for the hour bottles of wine are also produced at this point – drunk from paper cups. Back to hard graft until around 12 then back to base for cleaning up then long leisurely lunch (vin rouge et blanc both on ‘free flow’ here). Lunch takes form of a salade or jambon persille type starter, main course of meat, poultry (duck and chicken), or sausage casserole, cheese board (keenly anticipated – something the English might usefully adopt as ‘standard’ then desert – a choice of fruit pot yoghurt. Apples and bananas both available for the pocket or immediate consumption. Vendangeurs, tractor cases pick up crew and cuverie staff plus family all sit down together at long trestle tables.

Lunch break concludes around 1.30 then off we go again until between 5.30 and 6. Time to clean up then, grab a shower and change for 7.30 ish relaxing dinner and convivial chat.

Besides the regular white and red wines (both delicious – I think 07) we have sampled all manner of wines including P-V 2006 Sous Fretille, Volnay 2006, Pommard 2003 1er cru Grand Epenots, P-V 2001 Ile des Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton Les Vercots 1994 and, in the cuverie at early evening wine time M. Bernard one night produced a Chapoutier 2001 Coteaux D’Ardeche. More terrific wine details in another instalment. This blackberry is giving me RSI !!!

Markis de Pernand

harvest 2009 – tuesday 15th sept

By billn on September 15, 2009 #picture gallery#vintage 2009

Tuesday – and another glorious blue sky.

Our grapes during the morning are Nuits 1er Les Vaucrains – much anticipated as they are normally super. This year, we have a problem. The first case looks a bit disappointing as there is a mix of both shrivelled and unripe grapes – in the same bunches! – it seems to get worse from there on as oïdium begins to rear its head. The weather mirrors the mood as it becomes windy and cloudy – it’s quite chilly – we expect rain anytime, though it never comes. The triage table is set to the slowest speed, with six people sorting and still we need to periodically stop the table as the throw-away bins fill almost as fast as the the hopper of decent stuff. Big disappointment here – the fruit we retain is ‘okay’, but we really didn’t expect to be throwing away such a significant quantity – some consultation with the broker is called for.

The weather seems to be playing with us because as soon as we finish sorting the Vaucrains and reach for a thicker pullover, the sun returns and the wind slows. Anyway, to lunch and a developing, if unrequited romance; Guy, our chef has delighted everyone to such an extent that one of our number dreams of of their next meetings and begins to wonder how he will survive once they are parted! Should he offer a big, manly, antipodean hug to Guy(?) Let’s see…

Lunch is a nice salad followed by a roast with a super sauce and girolle accompaniment, plus cauliflower cheese! The ubiquitous cheese and bread came next, to be followed by tarte tartin – mmmm once more. Two wines from Rousillon filled our glasses.

So, thicker pullover to the ready and we have Gevrey-Chambertin and Santenay 1er cru les Comme – full-speed table and minimal triage – mainly an occasional under-ripe bunch – good! Actually the Gevrey is excellent, then comes Corton Clos du Roi – good but not great (now it’s starting with light rain) then comes ‘Corton’ – this ‘okay’.

Off to Remoissenet to taste 08’s, this turns out to be a semi-waste as the wines were sulfured just before harvest – maybe another day then – though the Montrachet tasted good, as did the 78 Pommard. Back to the home team and it’s raining a little harder now. More Gevrey to triage – the grapes are getting a little wet now. We finish cleaning-up at 9pm.

Dinner is a mix of melon, leftovers and rabbit that we left in the oven for too long – not burnt but a bit dry – followed by the obligatory cheese and and bread then the ‘piece of resistance’ a lovely looking dish (see pic) of poached pears in a semi-jelly that gave me the impression of being made from pinot noir and sugar (I will have to ask). To accompany was a rather too tight (completely unyielding) 05 Vosne-Romanée, followed by 99 Vosne-Romanée 1er cru (Duvault-Blochet or something – you can see it in the picture below). The latter wine was an aromatic superstar, the colour of a two or three year old, and quite unready on the palate – complex with acidity that still need to ‘mend’ in the finish. Did anyone else notice that our chef decided not to join us for dinner? Maybe there is already a problem in the relationship(!)

The rain that was incessant but not that heavy (since about 3:30) is now fading a little as we head to bed, but it’s clouded whether we will pick the Vosne tomorrow or not…

harvest 2009 – monday 14th sept

By billn on September 15, 2009 #picture gallery#vintage 2009

So much for the forecasters; brilliant blue sky at 8 a.m. The north wind is now a blustery cold wind, but keep to the sun and you are fine.

It’s a quite morning – racking the Meursault of Saturday afternoon into barrels, but no new fruit before lunch. We decide to take a walk in the vines above Pommard close to Volnay border – some occasional cloud passing over, but very pretty. As we return to Pommard, the pickers of Louis Jadot are hard at work in Les Rugiens.

Back to the domaine in time for lunch 😉 A beautiful deep flan-like quiche but with a little tuna, tomato farcie, the obligatory cheese and bread, then chocolate desert……….. Hmm, I almost forgot the wine; Réyane et Pascal Bouley 04 Volnay Santenots (modest 04 character) and 03 Engel Grands-Echézeaux: I may have been less than stinting in my recent praise of the 99 and 02 versions, but that can come with the territory of drinking such wines when young, but the 03 is a sweetie – super aromatics that transition from pure ripe fruit, to hints of tobacco after 90 minutes or so. Full palate, but with a balance that begs another sip – no awkward tannins either – a great success and whilst a little riper, I think I may prefer this to the DRC – or at-least my memory of it!

Waiting for us are the grapes from Beaune 1er Les Avaux: relatively clean, but the clone is not the best as it tends towards tight bunches of large melons grapes – perfect for rot, or in 09 when the rot is largely absent, juice-bombs. We are tough with triage as any hint of under-ripe or rot is simply thrown away – no cutting! There is anyway enough juice. Fingers are cold from the wind after 2 hours of that! And no more grapes 🙁 Still there is much cleaning and preparation as we start the Côte de Nuits campaign tomorrow, whilst at the same time mopping up a little more Côte de Beaune. We even have 5 minutes of very light rain about 4:30 – drizzle actually – but then the wind drops and blue sky returns.

Whilst in the shower my mobile rings – it’s Le Chef from Remoissenet, we should have tasted his 08s today, but things became too busy: “I have a nice bottle of Bâtard-Montrachet open – fancy an aperitif?” Tough decision huh? We manage to shoe-horn him into our program and whilst we didn’t see the Bâtard, the bottle of 72 Volnay Santenots was consumed rather quickly! Anyway we now have a new booking to taste his 08s on Tuesday.

That only leaves dinner; paté, various salads, quenelles, the obligatory cheese and bread, and a selection of leftover deserts from the last two days – lubricated by a magnum of 01 Deveny Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Les Chagnots, Mugnier’s 06 Chambolle Fuées and a Freestone 05 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The Mugnier was rather muscular – much more Bonnes-Mares-like than I remember his 97-01 bottles.

And to bed…

harvest 2009 – sunday 13th sept

By billn on September 13, 2009 #picture gallery#vintage 2009

beaune 1er cru bressandes
Beaune 1er Bressandes out of the bottom of the de-stemmer

Sunday – and did I mention the weather?

Well yesterday was mainly bright and the still-air temperature was nice and warm – perhaps 23° – but our old friend the harvest north wind was quite blustery and not that warm frankly. Today we have bright blue sky again though perhaps only 21-22°, yet it feels warmer as we have less wind.

Yesterday I popped into Domaine des Croix to see their massive new extension – actually an adjoining building which came up for sale – now for the first time they have somewhere to park their tractor, and probably a plane should they wish! The team had some Beaune Bressandes 1er cru (above) on the triage table and it looked superb. David told me that his Beaune Grèves looked very special, and certainly better than his grapes in 2005! Sunday would see for them the arrival of a new cuvée for the domaine – Corton.

Back to the ‘home team’; 10 a.m. Sunday and we are ready to start the machinery for our 1.4 tonnes of Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers. Another innovation this year (more of a just-in-case) is a refrigerated truck to bring the grapes to the winery – and very efficient it is too! Anyway, just like the Meursault of yesterday, we dispensed with the triage table, simply removing the occasional dodgy bunch but mainly leaves. You can see from the picture below, we had to remove only about 7kg from the whole 1.4 tonnes!

After the Chassagne we had Corton Les Rognets and what beautiful grapes and clusters! One third of the quantity was not destemmed – we simply went from the triage table direct into the tank with the first cases, and what a good decision that 1/3 was – the later cases we found were more variable in ripeness so we threw as much as 10% away. Only rarely was rot spotted, certainly less than the Volnay of yesterday – no fauna in the cases either – except for a few honey bees sucking-in a little sugar.

Ah, lunch-time, paté de campagne, Poulet Basque, cheese (very mobile Epoisses indeed) and a lovely almond and pear tart – accompaniment was an Emmanual Giboulet Côte de Beaune ‘Pierres Blanches’ (blanc), a NZ 2006 Bell Hill pinot noir and a 2001 Savigny villages. I was almost too full to drink my coffee 😉

No more grapes today, just cleaning, fermenting and walking in the vines I think! Tomorrow should remain dry, but we could get rain on Tuesday…

UPDATED: With pictures from a walk on the hill of Corton near Pernand around 5 p.m. Followed by a more modest repas! Crocque monsieur, vegetable soup and the obligatory cheese and bread followed by a frefreshing crene fraiche dessert. To keep things running we had 02 Mercurey 1er blanc, 06 Chassagne 1er Vergers and 06 Charmes-Chambertin.

2009 harvest – mark’s next installment

By on September 13, 2009 #vintage 2009

Am actually starting to type this Friday a.m after breakfast as the crew gather . Interestingly the Poles havr arrived which means we must be going local as on our away trips they have met us en route e.g Pommard centre.

Cloudy today and cooler – no bad thing maybe but hope it doesn’t rain as I’ve left my wet weather gear a la maison. Quick question :- why do my trousers seem to get dirtier than everyone else’s ??

If there’s a consistency in all 3 of my vendanges it’s breakfast and the initial gathering which have been the same exactement other than the place and the personalities. The French are nothing if not creatures of early morning habit – and nowt wrong with that. As last year I’m fascinated by their love affair with the cigarette – smoking (which I don’t have a problem with) seems much more prevalent than in the UK.

Am starting to get hazy already (need to write things down) having got behind. BUT !!! Wednesday a.m I think I went to heaven (pardon the sacreligous ref) and it was called Beaune Montrevonots !!! What an absolutely beautiful site cum terroir up a little rocky combe. I’ll admit I have always neglected the Beaune vineyard sites – which has been a mistake !!! This was stunning – the topography, the early morning light, warm morning – all why I love Burgundy for more than just it’s wine !

From here we went south to what was more Beaune on flatter land or possibly. Pommard. After this parcelle we moved more towards what I think was the North East corner of the clos of Chateau du Pommard . Soil here quite sandyish and like most of the Dubreuil sites so far all very ‘clean and tidy’ underfoot. No weeds or grass of consequence – maybe reflects the neat and tidy personas of Christine Dubreuil and huband Nicolas – everything about them and the domaine shrieks orgainised neat and tidy – no bad thing.

Une incident tres amuse here as we finished the plot hard up against the wall of someone’s clos. – just realised I haven’t said this plot or the one before was Pommard 1er cru Les Epenots. Back to the amusement – what other use can one put a vineyard tractor to – in this case a serious Bobard model, a 570 XD 4 x 4 other than the usual ? +n this case enabling the driver to reach up into a fig tree and / or get on to the top of the clos wall to get into tree to harvest figs. All very amusing with several vendangeurs joining in. I declined the offer of a fig (didn’t fancy it !!).

After lunch we went to Pernand Ile des Vergelesses 1er cru – just at the end of the plot before it becomes Savigny and were a very minor road goes off to the right coming from Pernand. More super grape quality here – large pendulous, mainly uniform, bunches of Pinot. Sorry if constant references to great grapes is boring but that’s the way it is. Moving on we finished for the day with what was to become the first of many sessions in Aloxe Corton villages – long rows and tiring, hard work.

Next instalment Volnay, wines tasted, and helping in the cuverie.

harvest 2009 – saturday 12th sept

By billn on September 12, 2009 #vintage 2009

meursault 2009
Latent Meursault 2009

Impeccable timing marked my arrival – just 20minutes triage of Volnay villages before clean-up then lunch! Our team is once again a united nations of wine; Californian, Antipodean (Aus + NZ on the same team!) and South African – a small contingent that would best be described as French too!

Big changes at the home domaine this year – we have a sound-system!!! Oh and also new destemmer, and a bladder press for the whites (minor detail after the stereo…!)

Back to the Volnay which had almost perfectly clean bunches – our triage table ran at full speed with a minimum of intervention – perhaps one bunch in 10-15 needed a little rot cutting from its core exactly as the 2005s were. The grapes have decent thick skins and a little more juice than the 2005s – you do not stick so readily to the table – apparently the analysis of the early Côte de Beaune grapes shows 12.5° or more, so the annual ‘sale’ (it’s only for 2 months of the year) of 20kg bags of sugar at the local Leclerc supermarket is not so successful 🙂 The phenolics/tannins are on a lower order than 2002 and 2005, typical pHs being 3.3-3.5. In other words, very clean and balanced.

Lunch – ah we have ‘catering’ – and a high standard too; very nice salad with home-made mayonaise, boeuf-bourguignon and home made apple-tart, all suitably washed down with 06 Monts Luisants blanc, 07 Corton-Charlemagne and 06 Corton Clos du Roi. Mmmmm…

Après-midi, the delivery was of Meursault villages (blanc). So clean we didn’t need our triage table, the fruit went straight onto the conveyor up to the new bladder press – we were only looking to remove the occasional leave. The juice from the press was fat and sweet, pH 3.3 with 12.5° potential.

The 2009 fauna watch from a relatively low number of tonnes, was 2 spiders only! The team mentioned that they spotted a few ladybugs in the first cases of Volnay fruit, but there was nothing in the last part that I saw.

Enough for today, I’m already becoming hungry thinking of dinner 😉

harvest 2009 – friday 11th sept

By billn on September 11, 2009 #vintage 2009

pdfI don’t have much info for you today, though tomorrow I will be ‘on-location’ in sunny Beaune. However, to slake your thirst for new stuff, here’s a little (slightly old) news from Domaine de la Vougeraie who have now started their harvest updates…

harvest 2009 – day 2 wednesday 10th – ‘mark de pernand’

By on September 10, 2009 #picture gallery#vintage 2009


I started this Tues a.m. and still trying to finish it Thurs lunch…

Second warm morning in a row. Even though not properly daylight feels like might be another scorcher like yesterday. More of that anon.

Arrived in Pernand Monday afternoon after leisurely run from Calais off the. 5 a.m Seafrance Berlioz from Dover. Never seen a ferry so quiet – approx 16 cars. Blue sky and sun all the way. Arrived early afternoon so detoured through Nuits to Morey to say hello to my friends from last year at Arlauds.

Warm greetings from employee Didier dans la cave and then from the usual utterly laid back Cyprien. I was delighted and amused by Cyprien telling me about the impact tout le monde on Burgundy Report last year. Apparently lots of friends and acquaintances have contacted the Arlauds from places such as Australia to say they had seen my rambling prose and photos.

Arlaud commence le vendange this coming Saturday. Little evidence of folk starting in the vines I passed en route. Was amazed though to hear Rousseau had started and Cyprien mentioned another domaine having finished!!!! Romain Arlaud and the superbe Herve arrived whilst we were chatting – Romain without last year’s plaster cast on his wrist but with an impressive scar were he cut his thumb tendon pre vendange. He too was full of my Burgundy Report 08 piece – tres bon !!

On to Pernand via a sleepy Vosne. Very much a sense of something about to ‘explode’ to disturb the rural peace. Someone had the builders tower crane en propriete. Had the obligatory stop by Romanée Conti – grapes looked good if bit mixed. Some photos to follow.

Never replaced my irreparably damaged Sony after last year always having other calls on my cash without enough for the desired Canon G10. Am using my 15 year old daughter’s very fetching shocking pink Fuji Finepix – slightly hampered by not having time to read the instructions!!!

Arrive en Pernand – plus beau village. Took photos on the way in by Ile des Vergelesses. Arrived at the domaine to meet Jean-Claude, a Belgian regular of 27 vintages and Patrice, a young guy from the Vosges who’s now my room mate in the rambling house the vendangeurs share up the village just past Bonneau du Martray. House belongs to Christine Dubreuil and husband Nicolas Gruere. Very comfortable if basic and a big step up in the comfort stakes indeed compared to Arlaud – particularly bathroom + shower – almost bliss!!! Various other vendangeurs arrived – will be quite a few of us in the house.

La famille Dubreuil are very nice. Christine’s English is word perfect, father Bernard is a lovely guy but no doubt who’s in charge – Maman !!! Christine’s husband, Nicolas, is a very quiet, pleasant, studious chap. There are 2 daughters which begs a succession question idc.

Tuesday a.m 7 o,clock start pour dejeuner in the refectory , immediately left as one comes thro the gates. Nice vaulted room but incongruously spoilt for me by a bizarre modern suspended ceiling unit. Walls have concours certificates (recent) and black + white St Vincent Aloxe + Pernand photos of vignerons tasting in a cellar. The 1959 photo is charming in terms of attire – all berets or flat caps, heavy coats and what look like clogs.

The property is une grande maison ou petite chateau with graveled courtyard, office, cave and tasting room.

Out into the vineyards we go – seems a lovely day and it is !!! Gets hotter and hotter. By end of the day I thought 25 C but my new friend, Benoit, thought it nearer 30C.

Quelle surprise – we start in Corton Bressandes Grand Cru. Just along from a plot of the Hospice and beyond that of Jacques Prieur. As I bend to my first vine with what are annoyingly blunt secateurs it’s like I haven’t been away for a year. Same routine of leaf strip, find the stalk + snip. Wear one glove on my left hand which is soon dripping wet with juice. Grapes look superb. Big, tight, compact heavy bunches. Ground is dry underfoot for my Merrell’s which soon though are sandy clay coloured. Dubreuil must have a big plot of Bressandes as we make 2 or 3 passes through it with what I counted later as 37 vendangeurs. Panty of locals, all sorts of ages, lots of regulars and a large contingent of cheery Poles. In the winery is Kirsten from Australia, went to the other Aussie wine university other than Roseworthy.

After Bressandes we move to a small parcelle of Corton Clos du Roi and whip thro it before lunch. Grapes are quite a bit different here, in my row anyway, being thin, straggly, small bunches – younger vines maybe?

Cold chicken pieces and salade for lunch. Dubreuil are employing outside caterers – not something I have come across before but a measure of the seriousness of the meal. Very passable vins blanc et rouge accompany lunch. Tried to find out what they are but much indifference.

Afternoon is taken up with a section of Pernand Ile des Vergelesses, big thick, easy to pick bunches. Bucket soon fills up for the shout of pannier. Dubreuil do the vineyard system different to what I’m used to with cases scattered around the rows before we arrive. Then various guys collect buckets to the cases before the tractor arrives to collect to a trailer at the end of the vineyard. The tractor driver is crazy – the Bobard hurtles dangerously around but has a great feature I haven’t seen before whereby when it’s dropping or collecting cases the driver can lean or drop one side of the tractor (with a shrieking noise).

Great first day finishes in Savigny Ile des Vergelesses which bizarrely is above the Pernand site nearer the tree line. Noticed this year several young guys have music players – heard one guy, with others joining in, singing Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” – little bizarre but quirky..

Will sign off here with 1st installment…

Beaune, Pommard and Aloxe Corton next and robbing a fig tree!!

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