The sight of pickers on the Côte foretells the onset of the fall. In a few days’ time, the pickers will leave and calm will return to the vines as they take on their autumnal finery. But in the winery, the activity is intense.
Days 10 & 11 – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September 2014
Fog! It’s strange but true – on Saturday morning, the Côte was wrapped in a thick cloud of the stuff like we see in November, while two days ago, it was 28°C and summertime...
Day nine – Friday 19 September 2014
Yesterday’s storms brought a damp chill to the air. The sky was gray and low this morning, wrapping the Côte in clouds threatening to spill their rain at any moment...
Day eight – Thursday 18 September 2014
It was a “flower” day in the biodynamic calendar, which is perfect for harvesting.
The sun shone and the sky was blue, scattered with the occasional fluffy cloud.
Day seven – Wednesday 17 September 2014
Today was another busy day, under a hazy sky with a chill in the air. But as usual, for this harvest, the sun eventually came out to shine on the vines as they gave up their ripe fruits...
Day six – Tuesday 16 September 2014
It was another sunny day today, with a cloudless blue sky and 28°C in the hottest part of the afternoon.
The grapes continue to ripen, despite the leaves starting to turn brown in places, signifying the end of the vegetative cycle....
Day five – Monday 15 September 2014
The first team arrived at the winery before 7am this morning, while the pickers met at 7.15am, by which time the first of the sun’s rays were already warming up the Côte.
Day four – Saturday 13 September 2014
Whether you’re a picker or a porter, starting on your fourth day of picking, tiredness is already bound to be kicking in and it wouldn’t have been helped by waking up to a cold and gray morning!.....
Day three – Friday 12 September 2014
It was 8°C this morning in the vines, but the radiant sun soon pushed the temperatures up to a very pleasant level accompanied by a light breeze, making optimal conditions for grape picking on this fruit day in the lunar calendar.
Day two – Thursday 11 September 2014
The sun was shining and a gentle breeze that was neither too hot nor too cold was blowing across the vineyards this morning. It was is ideal weather for this, the second day of harvesting at the Domaine de la Vougeraie, which will be colored both red and white.
Day one – Wednesday 10 September 2014
Harvest time is back again! Three intense weeks lie ahead to shape the future vintage. It was this morning under a misty sky that our enthusiastic 80 grape pickers headed out to attack the Domaine de la Vougeraie’s 16th harvest.
Day fourteen and fifteen – Sunday 13 and Monday 14 October 2013
... 2013 will go down as a challenging year!
Day 13 – Saturday 12 October 2013
This evening, the Paulée was held in Vougeot...
Day 12 Friday – 11 October 2013
It’s a year for terroir wines ...
Day 11 – Thursday 10 October 2013
The date for the end-of-harvest party, La Paulée, has been set for Saturday. The harvest is almost done, but vinification is just beginning…
Day ten – Wednesday 9 October 2013
Pierre remains very optimistic, despite the big differences.
Day nine – Tuesday 8 October 2013
Another gray day, with threatening skies overhead but mild temperatures.
Days seven and eight – Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October 2013
.. the last gasp of mild weather was forecast for the Côte, a lovely “flower” day in the lunar calendar which is favorable for picking and thus ideal for the grand crus.
Day Six – Saturday 5 October 2013
Given the apocalyptic conditions, we decided to harvest the most straightforward vines...
Day five – Friday 4 October 2013
... the harvest this year is no picnic!
Day four – Thursday 3 October 2013
A stark difference is emerging between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits ...
Day three Wednesday 2 October 2013
They are so serious! Whether it is in the winery or in the vines, this year, the three teams are earnest above all else.
Day Two – Tuesday 1 October 2013
It’s a genuine race against the clock which is being played out across the whole of Burgundy...
Day one – Monday 30 September 2013
That’s it, the harvests are underway! And this year it is more intense than ever, since the chaotic weather throughout the season has given us plenty of stress...
Day ten Friday – 28 September 2012
A light mist hung over the vines this morning. It is the last day of the harvest and everyone is looking forward to the paulée tonight, the traditional closing party. ...
Day nine Thursday – 27 September 2012
The weather was much better today over the vines which still look surprisingly green, as if the rain is helping extend their lifecycle. ...
Day eight – Wednesday 26 September 2012
This harvest newsletter is dedicated to the heroes of the day, our harvesters, who braved some dreadful weather today. The rain fell constantly, accompanied by gusts of wind. ....
Day seven – Tuesday 25 September 2012
The weather this year has been topsy-turvy: we had summer in springtime and now we have spring in the fall! ....
Days five and six – Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September 2012
On Sunday morning, all was calm at the winery with no grapes arriving today. Pierre and his two interns spent the day monitoring the vats and measuring densities and temperatures....
Day four Saturday – 22 September 2012
It rained all night. This morning, oilskins and boots were de rigueur. And it was in the cold and damp that the two picking teams began their day....
Day three Friday – 21 September 2012
The sun shone brightly over the resplendent Côte on this, the last day of summer, its dazzling light highlighting the landscape’s ephemeral beauty. It is heavenly chaos a thousand leagues over the Atlantic where the tail of Cyclone Nadine is fighting the nameless anti-cyclone that is wrapping us in its heat....
Day two Thursday – 20 September 2012
It was 6°C this morning on the Côte, cold enough to make our pickers shiver and numb the fingers. Fortunately, the sun shone as forecast and temperatures reached 20°C, perfect for harvesting.
Day one Wednesday -19 September 2012
We set off this morning, secateurs in hand, to start the harvest for this very special vintage. This year has thrown up every possible extreme, with some awful weather for the vines. Spring was cold and rainy, resulting in shatter and mildew, and ended with some devastating hail....