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2017 harvest – 05 september

Day one at the home domaine – and it’s a new home domaine this year! ‘Only’ Côte de Beaune fruit here, but there’s a slight chance I could make a couple of days guest appearance in the Côte de Nuits before I head home – let’s see!

First to say – what great fruit, and delicious fruit too. Grand Cru red and 1er Cru white today – it could be the reverse tomorrow 🙂 The Savigny white is from probably the best white area in Savigny – Les Vergelesses. The domaine have two parcels, high and low – this is the low and we will wait a little longer for the high. Then there was Corton-Renardes – delicious again – the later picked fruit containing both a little chardonnay and pinot gris – less than 1% – both with good ripeness. I have rarely thrown away so little – leaves, the very rare bunch that contained some rot or was a little unripe – but practically nil. The white has quite a lot of bourbe (sediment) so might need closer to 48 hours of settling before being run into barrel – we will see. The largest difference between my old ‘home’ domaine and the new one, is that here the fruit is collected in larger bins – roughly 300 kg worth. Depending on how long they wait to cross our triage table, the weight can significantly increase the amount of free-run juice – which is essentially lost under the vibrating table – I suppose it’s like a little saignée.

If we look at other vintages ending in a seven, then the whites will have some competition – 07 was very good for well-placed vineyards though a little acidic at villages and regional level. The reds, however, will have very little competition – 1947 was the last ‘7’ vintage of any renown – so 2017 looks like the best 7 for red in 70 years! The weather is set fair, so there should be no catastrophes and my prediction should be a relatively safe bet.

This is a relatively young domaine, so have the best yields that they have seen – though their Corton-Charlemagne was badly hit by frost last year, so this year the vines have only a modest quantity of fruit, but otherwise I think they will be pretty happy. That’s enough for day 1!
 

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