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Vintage 2011

harvest – nicolas rossignol (volnay)

harvest – nicolas rossignol (volnay)

A vintage summary and some nice pics from Nicolas Rossignol: Many pictures and stories ! A tricky vintage in all the world , a winemaker from NZ came to work with me and he told me hard vintage in NZ this year, see the best and the worst ! As in france ! I spent […]

harvest – closer to home…

harvest – closer to home…

Just to show what an egalitarian I am 😉 Here are some pictures from ‘Emmental’ an occasional commenter here – he picked his own pinot noir on the 15th September (only about 90 miles from my house) in Vully. Vully is in the Swiss Canton of Fribourg, close to lake Neuchâtel. Emmental in his comment […]

harvest – at drc…

Courtesy The New York Times:

harvest – a couple of quotes

More for fun than info: Laurent Ponsot: “Today’s our last harvest day (Friday 16th!) and for sure I’m quite busy… I’m working one month per year and it’s now!!! More to come in a while on that subject…” Yves Confuron (de Courcel): “I’m up to my neck in it, we finish today” (that’s Saturday 17th!)

harvest – domaine louis chenu (savigny)

harvest – domaine louis chenu (savigny)

Très vite alors, nous n’avons pas eu de pluie, ce qui a été presque miraculeux . Nous avons commencé les vendanges le 1er septembre et terminé le 7 . Avec une bonne équipe d’habitués . L’ambiance était très bonne . Nous avons triés deux parcelles plus abîmées sur la table, sinon, les vendangeurs ont bien […]

harvest – so sad…

No more reports from the home domaine this year. A treasured team member and friend was lost on Thursday night whilst heading home to Santenay; hit by a drunk driver near Meursault. The last fruit is coming in today, even the Hautes Côtes which was in theory going to wait another week – it’s time […]

harvest – 6th & 7th september

harvest – 6th & 7th september

Tuesday was a relatively quiet day at the home domaine, lucky considering the loss of a team-member, so I chose to roll it into Wednesday’s report. Incredibly given that every day for that last 10 was forecast to rain (two days out) the team remain warm and dry – only the short shower of Sunday […]

harvest – the facebook bunches…

harvest – the facebook bunches…

It’s become a bit of an ‘in-joke’ but let me introduce you to the concept of the Facebook Bunches. Many producers have cottoned onto the fact that they can keep-up a stream of contact with people interested in their wines; past visitors to the domaine or enthusiasts, etcetera. It also seems that this is good […]

harvest – 5th september

harvest – 5th september

 Domaine Grivot’s 2011 Richebourg Talk about rain gods – they must have benevolent eyes for the Côte d’Or – so-far anyway. Despite driving through two hours of rain on my way home on Sunday, the Côtes stayed dry – amazing. Monday at the home domaine was a tough one, but not because of the grapes […]

harvest 2011 – 4th september (week 1 summary)

Pommard 1er Rugiens (Haut)

 No glue was used in the making of this image! Sunday was a day of rest – almost – so time to take stock of the first week. The grander reds still wait in the vineyards, though a majority of the whites are now gathered. The lead image (above) gives you a stylised and sanitised […]

harvest – 3rd september (part 2…)

Pommard, Clos des Vergers

Lunch was a stunner, duck salad, beef bouguignone, and though I dodged the cheese-course it meant there was room for the tarte tartin 😉 Wine? 2009 Beaune Les Avaux and 2006 Chapelle-Chambertin Returning to the oldest vines part of the Vosne villages, the call was made – ‘okay, let’s remove the destemmer‘ Sixty percent went […]

harvest – 3rd september (part 1…)

harvest – 3rd september (part 1…)

This morning, naturally we have sun again; though as the day wore on, the blue sky was replaced by high cloud and some spots of rain – somebody mentions 30mm of rain as the forecast. We no-longer have any indication of hail – long-range suggests cooler weather with plenty of rain next week though. Taking […]

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