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Vintage 2016

a few friday lunch bottles…

a few friday lunch bottles…

I stopped counting a long time ago – but it seems that last Friday was my birthday – it was also our domaine’s Paulée, to celebrate the end of our 2016 harvest – now how’s that for planning? Actually there are still three tanks to be dug out, but by Monday, or Tuesday, all will […]

a synthesis of le montrachet 2016

a synthesis of le montrachet 2016

 Montrachet – 28-Aug-2016. A really interesting story from Bourgogne Aujourd’hui, yesterday: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Leflaive, Guy Amiot, Lamy-Pillot and Domaine Fleurot have blended together all of their grapes harvested in Montrachet – or maybe I should say Le Montrachet, as their parcels are all on the Chassagne side. Normally […]

harvest day 13 – 4-oct-2016

harvest day 13 – 4-oct-2016

 Our 7am accompaniment – some days they can be very loud! Our last day of grapes began with a trip to Gevrey-Chambertin – on our collection list today was Lavaux St.Jacques and Chambertin. The morning sky was as clear as can be, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better early morning view of […]

harvest day 12 – 3-oct-2016

harvest day 12 – 3-oct-2016

 The aftermath of lots of Santenay… That was a day! And a Santenay day, at that. Our triage table started rolling at 08h30, it stopped at 19h00 – the cleaning wasn’t finished until 21h00… To be honest, it was a hard day’s work, because (at least) our parcels of Santenay had quite a bit of […]

arlaud vendange diary – day 5

arlaud vendange diary – day 5

Arlaud Vendange Day 5, Wednesday 28th Sept 2016 Day started early with my taking my car down to VW Ladoix to leave with them to fit a new left side rear window to replace the temporary and not very fetching cardboard and tape. Daniel (Le Carp) followed me down there in Serge’s Touran to fetch […]

arlaud vendange diary – day 4

arlaud vendange diary – day 4

Arlaud Vendange Day 4, Tuesday 27th Sept 2016 Am starting to type this at 6.24 a.m Saturday morning, grabbing some rare free time, having managed to get Day 3 stuff to Bill last night. Its raining outside and has been heavily overnight I think so today (Saturday) could be ‘hilarious’ but lets not get ahead […]

some sunday pics – puligny & gevrey…

some sunday pics – puligny & gevrey…

 Puligny-Montrachet. A morning wander around Puligny was followed by a late afternoon walk around Gevrey. Very few people were harvesting today, despite really beautiful – if much cooler – weather, at least there is some wind, so probably not much problem with rot after the rain of Saturday. I saw Florent Garaudet harvesting some Puligny […]

arlaud vendange diary – day 3

arlaud vendange diary – day 3

Arlaud Vendange Day 3, Monday 26th Sept 2016 The aforementioned rest day arrives. ‘Overslept’ until 7.30, extremely fatigued by the previous two days exertions, but was still first into the refectoire. Boy though, was I stiff in the legs and hips areas. Initially, I concentrated on computing, writing, camera downloads & photo editing – all […]

harvest day 9 – 30-sept-2016

A lot of pinot gris in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune

Friday 30 Sept. Despite the poor weather forecast that tells us that there will be plenty of rain later today (Friday) and rain for most of the daytime on Saturday, it seems we are still left wanting for a volume of grapes today. Still, we actually do have grapes and from very different ends of […]

harvest day 8 – 29-sept-2016

harvest day 8 – 29-sept-2016

 So beautiful – 2016 Corton Clos du Roi – only for caressing… Wednesday was an ‘enforced’ rest day at the home domaine – at least from the perspective of receiving grapes – there were simply no grapes to be had. With such a small harvest in the Côte de Beaune, it will be very difficult […]

arlaud vendange diary – day 2

Arlaud-Aligote-Fruit-Badlands

Arlaud Vendange Day 2, Sunday 25th Sept 2016 Similar morning start to Saturday, one or two new faces presenting documents, some others from the day before not turned up. New faces included the most extraordinary looking character I think I’ve ever seen vendange time. Turned out to be a girl (I wasn’t sure honestly) with […]

harvest day 6 – 27-sept-2016

harvest day 6 – 27-sept-2016

 The ‘second-set‘ fruit that shouldn’t have been harvested vs far right, an unripe bunch (that also shouldn’t have been harvested!) – This is why we triage! The wall-to-wall sunshine of the last days had left us this morning, but it was still dry with some flashes of blue sky. Sunshine was coming to Beaune though, […]

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