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Buildings attached to Notre Dame

saturday, beaune before the rain

It’s the first time I stole a look around the back of the Notre Dame – nice…  

11 september – 2015 harvest day 8

11 september – 2015 harvest day 8

Found on a single vine in Ladoix – there were other bunches, green like chardonnay with a fainter pink skin, but none of those were ripe. This almost all pink was ripe and sweet, with little extra flavour to define it though. It showed a very open bunch structure with large (minimum 2cm) grapes (melons). […]

Maranges looking good!

10 september – 2015 harvest day 7

Subtitled: Start your day with Santenay! I had some great photos lined-up today, but due to the health and safety issues involved, I thought it just as well to keep the camera ‘holstered!’ Another healthy, clean tranche of grapes this morning – all from Santenay. There were only two or three isolated clusters with oïdium, […]

Naughty M. J-P Feral. What are you doing with that leaf you are holding ?

mark: domaine arlaud’s harvest diary, wednesday…

Arlaud Vendange Day 3 – Weds 9th Sept 2015 Quick recap back to day two – did I mention in referencing the Morey Village that such included Morey Clos Solon ? It did/does, where I believe Arlaud both own vines but certainly have negoce fruit available. The Clos Solon fruit we harvested Tuesday was top […]

A - it's not all glamour...

09 september – 2015 harvest day 6

A late-ish finish yesterday, so only chance to type this the day after. Despite our expectations of a very late finish, it was only a late finish – 21h30. We found a couple of libations to relax afterwards! The reason for the earlier than expected finish is the pinot yield. Before harvesting, looking at the […]

mark: domaine arlaud’s harvest diary, tuesday…

mark: domaine arlaud’s harvest diary, tuesday…

Arlaud Vendange Day Two – Tuesday, 08 09 2015 Time is at an absolute premium during one’s vendange, and I’m not joking. I don’t know how Bill does what he does (seriously) with the website as well as his ‘main’ duties 😉 . Quick snapshot of how my day goes:- up at 5.00 a.m, ablutions, […]

comte liger-beair, now in clos de vougeot flavour!

comte liger-beair, now in clos de vougeot flavour!

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair today posted pictures of him triaging his new purchase – grand cru Clos de Vougeot. Okay, you might just say ‘it’s a grape purchase’ but it’s a little more committed than that; it is a 10 year contract for fruit from organically managed mid-slope vines. I really can’t wait to see how it […]

a pictorial jog around beaune and pommard ce soir

a pictorial jog around beaune and pommard ce soir

Looking to Clos des Mouches from over the border with Pommard. Jogging around Beaune/Pommard tonight – my back appreciates it more than standing all day at the triage table. Through my chose route, over 90% of the grapes seem to have been harvested here:  

Book: Recipes from the French Wine Harvest

Book: Recipes from the French Wine Harvest

This book has been waiting for more love than I had time for for, there were simply too many things to do, but now the timing seems perfectly appropriate as the home domaine is approaching mid-harvest. Rosi, just in case you hadn’t made the connection, is clearly the better half of Anthony Hanson, author of […]

From perfect to 'bulky'

08 september – 2015 harvest day 5

Great fruit this morning – in parts anyway – and that was Santenay Clos Rousseau. There’s a young-vines part, an old-vines part, and a very old-vines part. It seems to me that there’s usually a bit of competition with the grower’s own pickers as to who gets what – we seemed to have a bit […]

07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

Let me tell you – it’s quite chilly in the mornings. After handling the grapes for a while, you beg a large, restorative mug of coffee to tease the blood back into your fingers – well, I do anyway! The week is set fair with sunny days and cold nights – the forecasters suggest that […]

Debris

06 september – 2015 harvest day 3

Don’t believe the 2015 hype – well, don’t accept it as universal anyway – this is Burgundy. Today was a Volnay at the home domaine – Volnay 1er cru and Volnay villages. This vineyard/plot/vine selection delivers plenty of rot – every year. It also usually brings a lot of unripe clusters which are simply thrown […]

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