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Vintage 2004

Friday…Do You Know The Way to Montrachet?

Action packed day… a little work at Domaine pumping down wine and then off to visit some marquis sites in the Cote de Beanue. It was the prettiest day yet, so photo opps at the vineyards such as Montrachet and Genevrieres were perfect. While taking a few photos of the Montrachet vineyards, we exchanged pleasantries […]

Thursday: I’d Walk a Mile For a Camus.

Thursday was jammed packed with good stuff. We harvested grapes in Pommard just above “Les Charmots” and then in the afternoon just over line in Beaune. This was another picture perfect day with cool, dry weather and sunshine and clouds. The weather for harvest is perfect. Like I’ve said before, this is hard work. I […]

If at first … etc. trie, trie & trie again

Just back from 3 days at the triage table, and it was great, good and oh my god in terms of the grapes. Where there was hail and rot we were discarding as much as 25% of what was brought in – and remember that there was already a rough and ready trie at the […]

It’s all in the grapes…

Seems like September has potentially saved the vintage, yet again! Many were the trials and tribulations of this year’s growing season, the harvest looked a bleak prospect only 4 or 5 weeks ago but a month with virtually no rain seems to have saved the day. The grapes are of course very heterogenous, no surprise […]

Wednesday…Gevrey Body Wants Some…

Sorry for the corny title, but that’s what happens after picking a few grapes and tasting some wine, especially Gevrey-Chambertin. Today started with a little work in the vineyards of Beaune followed by a day being a tourist. We checked out the Hospice de Beaune, Clos Vougeot, & the Market in Beaune. A little shopping […]

Loud Music

Please know that the harvest is going well here, maturity and acidity are good, sorting table and loud happy music, wines, work and fun Xavier@NicolasPotel

Tuesday – No Romance here…this is work!

It’s just after Lunch and we have already had a full day. And Lunch is no fast food dive here…They go all out. More food than you can possibly eat and just when you can’t eat another bite, out comes Le Fromage. And of course what’s a meal without wine. Today’s lunch included a great […]

Pommard & Gevrey

It was a long, fun day today in Pommard; The weather is right for picking as it is overcast, cool, and no rain. This is good news for some folks as August weather was not too kind to those in some villages as they were hammered by periods of hail. Villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St. […]

The harvest report for 2004

Hopefully this will be fun and at the same time informative. Roving reporters from domaines and harvest teams giving you the realtime news. Cheers, Bill

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