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naked virgins…

We crush the whites by foot before pressing. Note they are crushed by naked virgins, something few wineries still do. twitter.com/JeremySeysses/… — Jeremy Seysses (@JeremySeysses) September 30, 2012

ramonet 2010 chassagne 1er clos de la boudriotte

2010 Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos de la Boudriotte Deep, slightly roast red fruit with low-level but pungent Chassagne herb impression. In the mouth this has concentration and a slowly increasing intensity that follows the wouth-watering acidity. The flavour has a very pretty and super-clear fruit tone – but has just a hint of tartness too, […]

harvest: september 28th

harvest: september 28th

I understand that the Clos de Tart has just started its harvest today, whilst the home domaine is still waiting for their last grapes from the 2012 campaign – Chambertin – they will be picked this afternoon, but that will be too late for me as I’m heading home tonight. The grapes will be quite […]

harvest: september 27th

harvest: september 27th

The home domaine was on a fruitless day – still no decision on when the Chambertin would be picked – so I accepted an invitation to help at Chandon de Briailles. The domaine has, so-far, brought in about half their fruit – all the whites are done – today we were going to do a […]

harvest: september 26th

harvest: september 26th

To a soundtrack of Johnny Cash and Massive Attack we make our own attack on the grapes of Lavaux St.Jacques and Maranges Croix de Moines – happy under our cover from incessant rain. [Edit: The rain lasted for 30 hours, delivering 50mm!] The Gevrey is lovely – we use about one-third whole clusters – and […]

Volnay Santenots

harvest: september 25th

Too true. This morning we have managed to keep completely dry, despite a little rain in some parts of the Côtes. Lots of grapes to pick today as the forecast is rather bad for tommorrow. People are racing against the elements… Our grapes today have been against (my) expectations – in both directions! Opening with […]

The aftermath!

harvest: september 24th

There was a lot of rain overnight, fortunately the daytime was drier. The morning was punctuated by some heavy bursts, but only for 10-15 minutes at time – p.m. was mainly dry. Our first grapes of the day were from the Santenay 1er of La Comme – quite a bit of triage needed here – […]

ramonet 2010 bourgogne pinot noir

ramonet 2010 bourgogne pinot noir

2010 Ramonet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir ‘Nomacorked’. Medium, medium-plus colour. Quite high toned fruit but with a dark-skinned cherry impression. Whilst the 09 was a bit of a triumph chez Ramonet, this is a wine that is just a little mouth-puckering. Fresh it is though, and with a nice intensity too – I’d definitely want some […]

Cuvee-Alexandrine
Courtesy Alexandrine Roy

harvest: a few more notes

Starting with bit of an advertorial from François Labet at Château La Tour in the Clos de Vougeot. We just started slowly and our forecast looks quite accurate. We picked yesterday the young vines replanted in the Vieilles Vignes plots at Chateau de la Tour. We expect to produce about 50% of a normal harvest!!! […]

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