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harvest 2009 – friday 18th sept

So it’s Friday, and given the forecasts, and depending on which you believe – Météo France get short shrift from many – quite a number are aiming to end their harvest today. It’s a misty start which doesn’t whisk away the overnight damp very easily, but slowly the sun starts to poke through. By lunchtime there’s not a cloud in the sky and the afternoon basks in 22°C.

At the home domaine they are working flat out! Santenay Clos Rousseau which is super fruit, Marsannay villages (a new contract) that needs about 5% triage for botrytis, otherwise nice, and crowning glory, Latricières-Chambertin, a plot whose produce can be a real mixed bag – only 35kg triaged from 2 tonnes of millerande fruit. The team is stunned! It’s one of the best of the year – I expect great things. One disappointment is that despite pushing, it wasn’t possible to get the Chambertin in, so it will have to wait until tomorrow (Saturday).

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