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harvest – 3rd september (part 2…)

Lunch was a stunner, duck salad, beef bouguignone, and though I dodged the cheese-course it meant there was room for the tarte tartin 😉

Wine? 2009 Beaune Les Avaux and 2006 Chapelle-Chambertin

Returning to the oldest vines part of the Vosne villages, the call was made – ‘okay, let’s remove the destemmer‘ Sixty percent went through this way, last year it was 100% but this year some of the bunches were big, fat and heavy. The remaining younger vines were destemmed. You can see the lovely bunches in the red-grey bin picture below – only one ladybird hiding in there. Afterwards we had grapes from Pommard, Clos des Vergers; just like the Gevrey and the Vosne, the level of rot was very, very low – not the smallest of berries but good stuff. A long day, of-course, last triage finished at 9:30pm, clean-up by 11:30; they say that wine-making is 90% cleaning…

Whilst surprised by the number of earwigs in the Gevrey, that seemed a one-off, more pressing for me was the ladybird quotient and today was certainly lower; plenty, but perhaps 20% of the peak level from the day before. Those that were in the head of the tanks were still visible after 24 hours but not 48 – I assume the CO2 and the SO2 had done for them…

Dinner was at midnight, but a fine quiche washed down with 2007 Vosne vieilles vignes and 2009 Morey 1er Chaffots made a nice mellow end to a long day.

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