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Burgundy Harvest: 19 Sept 2014…

DSC05012Ouf – plenty of action today!

We started at about 09h45 with Santenay Clos Rousseau, The lost were a little variable – a lot of what we had before lunch (it was a big pick) needed to triage a little rot but more often, fruit that was a little unripe – there was no signs of hail and no dried berries. By 11h00 it was raining and got steadily heavier over the next hours – it didn’t stop until about 15h30. Actually in Santenay it was more like a storm and our pickers had to stop – they will probably be back tomorrow for more Santenay villages…

We didn’t break for lunch until close to 14h00, but there was plenty for even the biggest appetites – my 2012 Chezeaux/Ponsot Griotte was nice enough, but it was rather ripe and seemed to tail off a little too quickly – it was easy to drink, but honestly less interesting that the home domaine’s 2011 Pommard 1er Clos Vergers – honestly! Not a patch on the Clos St.Denis of a couple of days ago…

Feeling full, back to the triage table 1 hour later. Wow! these last pallets of Clos Rousseau are super – they are just flying across the triage table. Now we were ready for the Charmes-Chambertin 😉 We have had grapes from the same grower since 2006, and they are not known a) for their triage at the vine, or b) the cleanest of fruit – but today – brilliant, the best I’ve ever seen from them – ever! The table ran faster, there was virtually no rot to cut, just the removal of a forest of leaves and some unripe clusters – I was very impressed. The grapes were not the smallest I’ve ever seen, indeed some of the cases had quite big berries – always on the ‘shoulders’ see image – but I’m pretty sure we’d take them every year. And there was no acetic rot like our Gevrey villages.

Okay, it was now 18h30 and just time for a quick coffee, before attacking our last grapes of the day – Bourgogne from a vineyard in Premeaux. For the first time this vintage, we ran the table at full-speed – and not just because it was Bourgogne – it was pretty-much rot free, again just a little under-ripe fruit to sort out. The grapes were rather large, but I assume the clones in a BR vineyard are not chosen for the tiniest bunches they can produce! Anyway, we were fully equipped at the table (6 pairs of hands) but it was quite easy for us – unlike the guy who had to keep changing the bin under the de-stemmer 😉

Triage finishes at 19h45 – yipee! Lucky that we could run the Bourgogne so fast and that we hadn’t picked all the Santenay, otherwise we would have been at the table beyond 21h00!

2 responses to “Burgundy Harvest: 19 Sept 2014…”

  1. claude.kolm@gmail.com

    Bill – What kinds of yields are you seeing? Obviously, they are going to be minuscule for Pommard/Volnay and parts of Meursault and Beaune, but what about the rest?

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