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Vintage 2006

friday, it’s the last harvest notes…

friday, it’s the last harvest notes…

Friday: As the harvest closes we can now take time out to eat cake! There was a chance for some sorting on Saturday and Sunday, but given perfect harvest conditions in the last few days coupled with a forecast for rain at the weekend, people have worked double-time and are aiming to finish (probably late) […]

thursday…

thursday…

Thursday: The early grapes (at least at this producer, and note that we are talking about pinot noir) were visually a little disappointing; the Beaunes the Savignys the Bourgogne – all were difficult and needed a hard triage. What remained was ripe enough but didn’t instill a sense of excitement. What came in after some […]

wednesday…

wednesday…

Wednesday: Vinotas spreads the fame of the sorting team. I had to run back to Basel – curses – but my moles (Sophie, Sally and Julia above) will keep me up-to-date on how things look. Amazingly, while Beaune and its environs remained dry, my garden recieved 30mm of rain in 36 hours – we are […]

tuesday’s summary…

tuesday’s summary…

Tuesday: is Vinotas day 5. Yesterday evening I took a tour around the grand crus of the Côte de Nuits. About 70% of the vines have already been harvested, some sections (Leroy I think) of Romanée St.Vivant and Drouhin’s Grands-Echézeaux still stand proud with their fruit. There is much less rot here than I saw […]

monday (it’s a new week…)

monday (it’s a new week…)

Monday: Never judge a book by its cover! It’s a few degrees cooler this morning – but dry – just arrived we have grapes from Corton Chaumes, 90 year old vines that have given a low (significantly sub 30hl/ha) yield – the grapes are perfect, as good as anything seen in 2005. In the picture […]

weekend rain (part 2)…

weekend rain (part 2)…

Sunday:The title is a little unfair – despite the pessimistic predictions of the forecasters – we have on-and-off rain all day, but never heavy. About 2:00pm I find myself in Chassagne loading the picked grapes from 1er Cru ‘Vergers’ onto a truck. Optically they are nothing special, about one in five bunches have some rot […]

weekend rain (part 1)…

weekend rain (part 1)…

Saturday morning and it’s raining in Beaune – we delay our trip. Actually we just stay in bed a little longer 🙂 We arrive in Beaune late afternoon and there is no rain – in fact it’s rather warm. In the evening we open lots of bottles and are all humbled (including the winemakers among […]

inclement weather & vinotas on tour…

inclement weather & vinotas on tour…

Vinotas Part 3 Unfortunately the weather prognosis is not good for the weekend. Those that were planning to harvest during the weekend are currently rethinking their plans due to a forecast of rain for Saturday and Sunday – the heaviest rain for Sunday – but then rain has been forecast several times and none has […]

harvest message from Bernard Vallet

The sun is shining ! After a month of July dry and very hot, August was quite cold and humid. September looks very interesting and will be probably the key of this vintage; the grapes seem protected by good skins , result of the July weather. We already received the first grapes that we buy […]

Vendanges update

Vendanges update

As promised, here is the link to the daily update on the Domaine de la Vougeraie site. Firefox users seem to have a problem with the site, only a purple screen awaits, but Bill Gates will provide the solution if you crank-up your old internet explorer! Super reports are coming in also from Michel Abood […]

count-down to the weekend

The word is that there’s a lot of botrytis around – the weather has been good, but the humidity has been on the high side. Many domaines have already started in the Côte de Beaune and the rest will go full force in the Côte de Nuits at the weekend – the forecast remains good […]

Bans des Vendanges 2006

The info we’ve been waiting for: Côte de Beaune : 18 September Côte de Nuits : 20 September Hautes-Côtes de Beaune et de Nuits : 23 September Châtillonnais : 15 September Around Auxerre (Yonne) Crémants de Bourgogne, Saint-Bris : 11 September Irancy : 16 September Vins du Vézelien : 18 September Chablis : 16 September […]

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