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sunday 28th update

Picked up for a song in a recent auction. The thought should see us through the cold but sunny morning – talk about a carrot and stick…

  • 11:45am: Just finished triaging the first consignment of Savigny 1er Les Peuillets. Hail damaged so needing much more triage versus yesterday – it’s a much slower process. I would characterise the work as slightly easier than 2004 – but it’s a close call, and I didn’t see how much ‘fruit’ was left at the vines. On the positive side the grapes are ripe, on the negative my fingers started to go numb – the grapes were picked at only 6 or 7°C! Yesterday’s cuvées are characterised by their acidity, 2.98, 3.05, 3.18. The BIVB Bulletin confirms that there is a high degree of malic acid (so the overall acidity should go down quite a bit after malos) but estimates the vintage acidity could be similar, or even in advance of 1996. Let’s see. Did someone mention lunch?
  • 3:15pm: That’s the last of the Savigny done, and that’s all we will have today – tomorrow is a mix of white and red, including Chassagne, Meursault, Nuits 1er and Corton. The rest of the Savigny was just a little easier than the morning’s batch. Lunch was lobster, ’87 Meursault Perrières and 55 Volnay – well it was Sunday 😉
  • 6:45pm: I decided not to snooze after today’s triage (it would have been easy), rather I decided to take a walk in the sunshine in Pommard. Out of the village centre in the direction of Beaune you can easily lose yourself in the patchwork of vines: steep, flat, trellised, always walled though with quite some variation in both height and maintenance. Today at least, the late afternoon sun showed them at their immaculate best; sharply pruned and still a majority waiting to be harvested. Even at 6pm a few pickers are bringing in their fruit, but given our experience with the Epenots yesterday and the look of most of the grapes now, it should be quick and easy triage – perhaps they will finish by 9pm…

One response to “sunday 28th update”

  1. Colin Smith

    Having just attended a Berry Bros Burgundy tasting, I’m finding these posts even more fascinating as I now understand more about the region and the wines. It’s definitely true that the more you know the more you enjoy.

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