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harvest 2009 – thursday 17th sept

Fog and rain starts the day in Beaune – there is no morning picking at the home domaine. The report is that some growers in Marsannay have cancelled their plans to pick today.

In the late-afternoon the home domaine grapes arrive from Vosne and Charmes-Chambertin – all are in very good shape. Like the previous couple of years the Vosne parcel has very nice fruit so there are about 10-15% whole bunches for the fermentations (nothing to do with the DRC from the other night!).

The reports are still for thunder and lightening at the weekend, so whatever the weather on Friday, the last grapes from Santenay Clos Rousseau – which still look superb – and the rest of the gevrey grand crus will be brought in.

Last for today, a message from Ray, our new boy in the Côtes:

The Charmes and Morey have been cut. Chambertin tomorrow possibly. Things are good. I ended up with the equivelant of 8 barrels of Charmes from Aux Charmes and my Chassin barrels just came in today. So I am happy. Also I got an old 1987 BMW 3 series to run around in. I feel much more at home now with my thrifty lil car. 1200 Euros and it runs like a champ.
Ray Walker, Maison Ilan

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