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Vintage 2016

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

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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, […]

the return of the mark! arlaud vendange diary day 1

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Arlaud Vendange Day 1, Saturday 24th Sept 2016 Bonjour Bill et tout le monde. J’arrive sur la Cote Friday evening after leaving my North West England home for Dover circa 2.15 a.m Friday morning. J’a une petite probleme avec ma voiture on the Autoroute about an hour from Dijon when it locked me out of […]

harvest day 5 – 26-sept-2016

harvest day 5 – 26-sept-2016

 A little villages Gevrey-Chambertin to start the day… The good weather continues – and if we believe the forecast(!) maybe for the whole week too… For those a little slower off the mark, today is the real start for many in in the Côte de Nuits. As noted, yesterday, Dujac are starting today, and also […]

harvest day 3 – 24-sept-2016

harvest day 3 – 24-sept-2016

 In the hot, early harvest of 2015, the pinot gris was rarely ripe at (pinot) harvest time. But in this vintage it has kept pace with the chardonnay and pinot noir – above from Beaune Les Avaux today… Today starts a Côte de Beaune day, and finishes as a Côte de Nuits day. We start […]

harvest day 2 – 23-sept-2016

harvest day 2 – 23-sept-2016

 No, not a tiny globe – actually a sun-burned grape – to be discarded! The Marquis (Guillaume) d’Angerville chose today to attack his Volany Champans, but we had unfinished business with our Morgon! Today, the second-half of our Morgon was going to stay in whole-clusters – of-course we still made the same triage as the […]

home domaine harvest day 1 – 22-sept-2016

home domaine harvest day 1 – 22-sept-2016

 Not really representative, but good to see how great some gamay fruit can be… The home team’s first grapes of this 2016 vintage arrived in the dark close to 9pm yesterday evening – all the way from Morgon – so a good 1 and a half hour’s drive away. They overnighted in the refrigerated truck […]

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