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bookending the 2007 harvest

My cold has intensified so no bottles, I just round up a few loose-ends. If it carries on, by Tuesday I’ll have to cancel my appointments in Burgundy, set for Friday 🙁

Anyway, I thought I’d ‘book-end’ the 2007 burgundy harvest report with a round-up of some producer reports. We have here the last of the reports from Domaine de la Vougeraie and interestingly for a predominantly négociant, Alex Gambal who had the luxury for many cuvées to pick his own harvesting dates, turns out to be one of the latest of the late pickers – so a great summary of not just the process, but also here the trials and tribulations of the decisions from Alex too, amongst a few memorable quotes I particularly like:

“All the mumbo jumbo about physiological ripeness and the quality of the tannins are but words for the “experts.” What it comes down to is how ripe are the seeds and thus how ripe are the tannins; here is where the farming comes in”

For grand cru watchers, here’s the brief summary of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair from the Château de Vosne-Romanée:

We made the harvest between September the 1st and the 4th. We made a hard triage but easier than ’04 !

Last but not least, the balance of the reports from Domaine de la Vougeraie:


Finally, a little lite Sunday burgundy reading.

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