Travels in Burgundy 2021

yesterday in the côtes…

By billn on June 10, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021#vintage 2021

Beaune Gréves - mainly
Yesterday afternoon. Mainly Beaune Gréves but a little Toussaints and Bressandes to the right…

Obviously, some damage in Gevrey-Chambertin yesterday but the storms were extremely localised. The rest of the Côte d’Or was threatened – like Beaune above – but there was rarely more than occasional rumbles of thunder and a few spots of rain – unlike the 40mm of rain in just a few minutes that fell on the vines of Gevrey! Of course, there is damage here, which will compound the frost from April…

For me a trip to see the work (and what work!) that is underway at the Château de Pommard and then in the afternoon a chance to see the rare vine varieties that are being conserved in Beaune; Tressot Noir, Côt, Troyen, Gamay Castille or Oberlin Noir anyone? That latter variety the only one that was starting to flower – it was also the first (of these) in 2020 too.

As for flowering, in general; there are some early outliners in the vines – usually those in sunny spots, protected by walls – but it will be another week before the Côte d’Or really gets into the swing of flowering. Almost a week ago there were some flowerings in the ‘Americans’ as the locals describe the suckers that sprout from the American rootstocks – normally the proper flowering of the chardonnays and then pinots begins 10-14 days later…

For me, today will be a little typing, coffee drinking (terraces!), jogging and a visit to taste some Meursault…

friday’s pics…

By billn on June 05, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

Just to show that I was still alive after my Zoom Tasting yesterday – a 10km walk:

some côte d’or images from this week & the 2021 vintage state of play

By billn on May 26, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

Subtitled; A little Savigny and a lot of Beaune:

I’ve got to say, it’s still cold. There’s a little wind, occasional showers too. Despite the occasional sun(!), it’s rarely been more than 14-17°C this week, and the mornings are hardly into double figures.

There are still plenty of brave souls sitting in the terraces of restaurants café/bars too though – me included – if not always for long.

Remember when it was about 23°C in February? Well, luckily we don’t have such temperatures right now or mildew would be developing – as it is, in these cool, windy conditions there are very few worries right now. Treatments? Well, that’s a bit more tricky! Plenty would like to be treating – but then they expect rain, or the wind is a little too strong – nobody said it would be easy! It is reported that next week could see a return to temperatures in the mid-20s°C – tricky in the vines but the restaurant and café owners will be starting to smile…

I introduced you to my ‘Iris Gauge’ last week and finally, my first Iris of 2021 has flowered – 18 days later than in 2021. It seems that my Swiss garden is underestimating the relative delay versus last year – at least as far as the vines of the Côte d’Or are concerned – the Chambre d’Agriculture are currently estimating a little over 4 weeks delay vs last year, placing the harvest currently in line with the timing of 2013 – who remembers how cold and wet that harvest was? – in October!!!

The one positive in the weather, so far, is that the rain of this month has come some of the way towards bringing the year’s rainfall closer to the average…

I think that’s enough weather for today!

not just rain…

By billn on May 11, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021#vintage 2021

Yesterday, Beaune was a bit of a wash-out. They need rain – the vines – so no complaining!

Today I was in Chablis and St.Bris – a short week as Thursday is the Ascension holiday and they typically roll that into Friday too, hence, the short week.

Drier today – except when the thunderstorms hit! There was (I was told) a little hail in Beines. The forecast is not great for the next 10 days, which has the growers anxiously looking at the indicators for mildew – that was the big problem after the 2016 hail – and, well, the indicators are not that good.

Of course, I’ll keep you updated.

A few pics:

Oh, and a reader-contributor – Marko de Morey – alerted me to this headline – so beware if you plan to visit Beaujolais!!!

Wolf spotted outside Lyon for the first time in ‘more than a century’

this week’s views…

By billn on April 29, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

All you need to know in the images 😉

this week’s early spring views in Burgundy…

By billn on March 31, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

The forecast is cooler next week – indeed with overnight minus temperatures – but today it was 26°C in the afternoon – my lunchtime run being a bit of a sweaty affair – but who’s complaining. Obviously, it’s still sandwiches for lunch!

Here are a few views from this week (so far) in Burgundy:

the sun has got his hat on – my last week in Beaujolais…

By billn on March 01, 2021 #beaujolais#travels in burgundy 2021

Côte de Brouilly 26 February 2021My Beaujolais visits are in the bag – and today, is my first visit to Beaune since 11 December – report writing and a large tasting. Not to mention airing the apartment and checking that the heat still works and no problems with the pipes!

My three weeks of Beaujolais visits started with snow and minus temperatures – midway through it plumbed the lowest temperature of the winter at home, minus 14°C, it was also as low as minus 9°C in the Beaujolais hills. Jump forward to last week, and the mercury was nudging 20° – like in each of the last 3 years in February – shorts and sunglasses weather for those out pruning. Because of this ‘heat,’ I bought less wine!

??? you ask. Well, I can’t keep it in a hot car all week – some of it had hardly a gram of sulfur…

I should say that I’ve bought quite a lot of 2019 Beaujolais – those cuvées which weren’t already sold out. I’m a very big fan of this vintage – which you will see when my report is published at the end of March…

Now – around here somewhere must also be some anecdotes of wines tasted at home in the last couple of weeks – let me have a look around and come back to you on that…

this week’s snaps…

By billn on February 24, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

Let the sun shine…

Today was just over 20°C, but because of an almost constant wind – it felt chilly after my lunchtime run – still, never forget, it’s February, despite what my (jogging!) shorts and t-shirt might suggest!

It’s the final phase of my 3 weeks in Beaujolais – it looks like almost 70 domaines will be in the bag at report-time – all hopefully published before the end of March. The most comprehensive Chablis and Beaujolais reports there are – so people tell me – the Côte d’Or selection is not bad either 😉 That will be over 280 domaine’s wines profiled for the 2019 reports – so far…

Anyway, some of this week’s snaps:

Beaujolais, so far this week…

By billn on February 17, 2021 #travels in burgundy 2021

Spring has sprung!

At home in Switzerland, after a week of snow and minus temperatures, we hit this winter’s peak frost early on Sunday morning – minus 13°C. Directly when arriving in Beaujolais mid-morning on Monday, the temperature was 7°C. Whilst they also had a little snow and minus temperatures last week, this afternoon it was almost 15°C with a beautiful blue sky and fine views of Mont Blanc – the wild bees were flying too.

Speaking of flying things, I found some people working in the vines in Chiroubles this afternoon – and they were clearly lost – as both have domaines in the Côte de Beaune to look after. Benoit Moreau and Eric Germain are sharing 2 hectares here and right from the start they are managing their plot with biodynamics – I’m already looking forward to their 2021s 🙂

The weekend is forecast to hit 20°C in Beaujolais. Whilst it’s too early to read anything into it, one vigneron told me today that the vines are behind 2019 and 2020 at this early stage. But life is awakening – and things can quickly change.

Anyway, just to show that I’m still alive, here are a few images from this week, so far…

Burgundy Report

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