Why Big Red Diary?

A harvest report for 2005

This year the ‘ban des vendanges’ were set as follows:

  • 12 Sept for the Côte de Beaune
  • 15 Sept for the Côte de Nuits
  • 17 Sept for the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Nuits

So what can we expect? The base for this vintage is the cool July, the hot & dry August and the much-hoped-for arrival of a little rain at the start of September. The rain cleared for the sun to return, prefacing the potential for a good harvest of healthy grapes. It must be marketing season as some growers are already invoking the name of 1990 as a possible comparison, assuming of-course that the weather holds for a couple more days…

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