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Vintage 2007

bookending the 2007 harvest

My cold has intensified so no bottles, I just round up a few loose-ends. If it carries on, by Tuesday I’ll have to cancel my appointments in Burgundy, set for Friday 🙁 Anyway, I thought I’d ‘book-end’ the 2007 burgundy harvest report with a round-up of some producer reports. We have here the last of […]

14th september – fin – almost…

14th september – fin – almost…

This will be the last ‘active’ note related to the 2007 Burgundy grape harvest, as by Monday the vendanges will be overwhelmingly over. A few additional summaries from growers will appear as they become available. The weather has held up brilliantly over the last two weeks – though the temperature has remained below average, the […]

13th september – charlemagne

13th september – charlemagne

Let’s start with a great harvest report. We can then follow that piece with the Domaine de la Vougeraie diary, it just about avoids the corporate edge, and it’s full of interesting detail, each installment better than the last: 3rd September 4th September 5th September 6th September 7th September 8th September More will follow tomorrow […]

chablis harvesting

I received the following today: The 2007 grape harvest in Chablis: on the 9th September, the La Chablisienne co-operative began the grape harvest at Château Grenouilles (Drinks Media Wire). Château Grenouilles is the only estate located at the heart of the Grands Crus vineyards. Discover the success of a co-operative with prospects. Since 1923 in […]

8th september – whole clusters anybody?

8th september – whole clusters anybody?

What didn’t make it into the cuvée Today at the home domaine it’s villages Vosne-Romanée and Charmes-Chambertin on the triage table. Whereas the Charmes looks ‘okay’, the Vosne looks excellent – so much so that the vieilles-vignes have been separated into another cuvée and are going into the tank with a high percentage of whole […]

4th september – smells, no whites & improving nuits

4th september – smells, no whites & improving nuits

The weather is amazing; the few drops of rain in Beaune yesterday came to nothing, but today it’s sunny, the north wind is blowing – and it’s cold! It really is like an an October harvest even though were are in the first week of September. The home team boss is even joking about making […]

3rd september – volnay and smelly grapes

3rd september – volnay and smelly grapes

Pinot Beurot (Gris) mixed amongst the Pinot Noir Well September certainly seems to be carrying on where August left off – you can see (right) how cool August was vs the average – and today at 15:30 it is a cloudy 15°c, by 6pm there are a few spots of rain. If the Spring had […]

1st september – pommard epenots

1st september – pommard epenots

Harvesting Beaune 1er Cru Teurons on Friday Although I had to leave, I’ll keep up the contacts. Today it started very cloudy – until lunch when it rained – “just enough rain to wet the dust”. It’s dry in the afternoon and the team are now triaging Pommard 1er cru Les Epenots. These grapes are […]

31st august – this time savigny & beaune

31st august – this time savigny & beaune

Tightly cut rows in Meursault After finally crawling into bed at close to midnight, and with the distinct impression that crocque monsieur and ille flotante were perhaps an unwise supper combination – at least with a 2003 Barolo and a 22 year-old Volnay – I survive to report that the sky is again cloudless and […]

30th august – beaune & savigny

30th august – beaune & savigny

Last night was enjoyed; dinner with two winemaker friends in Beaune. The location was Bistro de Beaune, attached to the Hotel de Beaune which adjoins Place Carnot. Nice, relaxing decor and a Bressé chicken to die for. Despite still being nice people, the only negative was their service; bringing the vegetables when we were already […]

29th august – wet côtes

29th august – wet côtes

Harvesting in La Tâche I left Switzerland at 7:00am – accompanied by thunder and lightening. It’s 240km to Dijon where the BBC assured me I would find unbroken sunshine, but for the first 200 of those kilometres it rained – sometimes biblically. 40km to go and the rain stopped, 25km to go and we even […]

itchy grape-sorting fingers

itchy grape-sorting fingers

Tomorrow I’m in the Côtes. My normal harvest ‘home’ will start with minor appellations on Thursday so I will have plenty of time tomorrow to look around the vineyards and see the plight – or not – of the grapes. I know that some have already started their harvests, while others tell me: “We will […]

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