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Burgundy Harvest: sensationalist, un-nuanced, reporting

Burgundy 2014: September heatwave set to save vintage Sensationalist BS – the headline anyway – it could of-course reference the ‘Meursault to Beaune’ area but that is, from a volume perspective, clearly only a modest percentage of whole of Burgundy, and (for instance) contains no red grand crus etcetera, etcetera… Let’s assume it was the […]

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Burgundy Harvest: 19 Sept 2014…

Ouf – 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 […]

Burgundy Harvest: 19 Sept 2014 (prelude)…

I was running through the vines between 19h00 and 20h00 yesterday, and in the twilight, I noted a couple of picking machines in the vines – the first on the flat (Bourgogne) behind the old railway station of Pommard, but the second seemed to me to be in Beaune 1er Les Montrevenots. The first thing […]

A little pinot gris too...

Burgundy Harvest 18 September 2014…

So – what reason to open a bottle today? Hmm – well, on this day in 1635 Emperor Ferdinand II declared war on France – seems a good enough reason! I bought these direct from the domaine after tasting from barrel in 2003, but there was a mistake – the labels may have said Petits-Monts, […]

Biodynamic and super...

Burgundy Harvest 17 September 2014…

The plastic ‘cork’ now says Très Vieilles-Vignes, though the label says Vieilles-Vignes – they were 100 years-old in 2005. Anyway, life may have moved on, but today was the 26th anniversary of me getting married – so a good excuse for a nice bottle! 2012 Chézeaux (Ponsot), Clos St.Denis Wow! This is deeply coloured. The […]

Burgundy Harvest 16 September 2014…

Burgundy Harvest 16 September 2014…

Ouf – What a day! We made up for a lack of grapes on Monday, by triaging from 09h30-20h45. But there was lunch and 2 coffee breaks included! I officially felt the hottest, ever, during triage this afternoon – or certainly since the last time it was hot anyway… We started the day with villages […]

2012 côte de beaune blanc – drouhin…

2012 côte de beaune blanc – drouhin…

I can summarise with ‘yum!’ 2012 Domaine Joseph Drouhin, Côte de Beaune (Blanc) Medium-pale, lemon-yellow. High-toned but with an undertow of fresh but ripe fruit – enticing! Full in the mouth, quite broad but with both freshness and an interesting density – a performance that easily surpasses the label. Excellent stuff with a nicely mouth-watering […]

Burgundy Harvest 15 September 2014…

Burgundy Harvest 15 September 2014…

A perfect pic by Caroline l’Estimé of Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard: Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets today. Typically, for my first day ‘on the job,’ today there are no grapes at the home domaine! They started with Volnay Lurets yesterday, harvested under the same benign 22°C and sunshine as we’ve enjoyed for about a week – the […]

harvest 2014 – wednesday 10th sept…

harvest 2014 – wednesday 10th sept…

The last bottles in Switzerland with Team NZ; who are now safely awaiting the first grapes in Beaune. I made a bit of a booboo on Wednesday afternoon. I took some really brilliant pictures of the few harvesters who were busying themselves, mainly around Meursault – so much-so that I couldn’t wait to review them […]

the contenders start their harvests…

the contenders start their harvests…

Almost, but not quite, the last of the bottles drunk with Team NZ in Switzerland. Jasper has a few of the starters: Heavy rain this am chez moi but not on the vines I think. Lafon starts tomorrow, Ente on thursday…. The build up is under way. — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) September 9, 2014 Amongst […]

getting ready for the harvest blastoff….

getting ready for the harvest blastoff….

A few more from the weekend… The outriders this week will be the Mâconnais – they will will probably be first in the vines. Later this week, probably from Wednesday onwards, the first of the Côte de Beaune whites will be harvested, though a significant proportion of that will also wait for the weekend or […]

interesting…

A common business finance route – though rather rarer for wine producers… HERE

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