This morning, for the last day of the harvest, the sky was thick with low clouds and it was cold – just 8°C (46°F). Rain showers alternated with the sun, which kept trying to peek out from behind the gray clouds...
Day 18 Thursday – 14 September 2017
This morning, the Côte de Nuits team finished off our last two plots Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles, the oldest and most northerly ones. The weather was awful, with torrential rain, but fortunately not enough to spoil the grapes.
Day 17 Wednesday 13 September 2017
We approached the end of the 2017 harvest today, under a leaden, rainy sky. For the past two days, it’s been very chilly in the morning in the vines. The weather is so important for those who stoop low in the rows of vines to gather the fruit of a year of hard work – itself also very dependent on the weather...
Day 16 – Tuesday 12 September 2017
The scent of fermentation wafts through the air, announcing the end of the work in the vines, while in the winery and the cellars it’s a different story altogether.
Day 15 – Monday 11 September 2017
With two weeks of harvesting already behind us, we are attacking a third in chilly sunshine, on a second “fruit” day in the lunar calendar. We can’t wait to have all the grapes in, because the fermentations are coming to an end and de-vatting awaits.
Days 13 and 14 – Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September 2017
Saturday. As Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of destruction in Saint Barth and Saint Martin some 4,000 miles away, the thoughts of our pickers are with our friends overseas. Here in Burgundy, we’re far from the tropical heat, with fall having made a sudden arrival with decidedly chilly mornings and blustery, gray afternoons...
Day 12 – Friday 8 September 2017
The morning was drab and chilly at just 15°C (59°F) as summer draws to a close, yet the vines are still mostly green. The sun made a brief appearance in the middle of the day, but showers were forecast, so we decided to bring in as many grand crus as we could....
Day Eleven – Thursday 7 September 2017
It’s both quality and quantity for the 2017 vintage! Reds, whites, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits – an uninterrupted flow is submerging the sorting table. Three teams of pickers are hard at work in the vines, and the winery crew has been on the go since 7:00am this morning.
Day Ten – Wednesday 6 September 2017
As a result, by mid-morning a team of 20 Romanians was hard at work in the large plot of L’Héritier in Le Clos Vougeot, a hectare to the left of the path leading to the chateau.
Day nine -Tuesday 5 September 2017
It was a strange feeling going out this morning: It was warmer outside than indoors, with a distinct humidity that made it feel like the tropics! The night had been exceptionally warm at 20°C (68°F), and the close, stormy atmosphere stayed with us all day under threatening gray clouds.
Day eight – Monday 4 September 2017
This morning, the children went back to school after the summer recess, the grapes came into the winery, and the pickers returned to the vines, where many other teams were out on the slopes of the Côte de Beaune in particular.
Days six and seven – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017
We are waiting for maturity levels to rise before continuing the harvests, so we made the most of the weekend to allow nature to work its magic.
Day five – Friday 1 September 2017
Cool, changeable weather nonetheless provided some wonderful light and bright blue sky between the clouds on this new day of harvesting. This was the second “fruit” day in the lunar calendar to occur during the 2017 harvest period, and was perfect for picking...
Day Four – Thursday 31 August 2017
The overnight rain cooled the atmosphere, and on the last day of August, the seasons suddenly seemed to have turned: It was just 11°C (52°F) at 8 o’clock this morning, with gray skies under heavy cloud. The pickers had swapped their shorts and sneakers for rain gear and boots....
Day three – Wednesday 30 August 2017
The heatwave was already blanketing the Côte as the sun rose, but rain was forecast for the evening with hail bearing down. We are hurrying to get the ripest and most prestigious plots picked to preserve concentration and avoid dilution at all costs.
Day two – Tuesday 29 August 2017
Another searingly hot day (35°C/95°F), as the pickers bowed to gather some lovely, healthy grapes with nice millerandage – the phenomenon of large and very small berries that provides concentration. A very tough physical feat for these sun-worshippers.
Day one – Monday 28 August 2017
This year’ grape harvest began under an azure sky and in scorching sun, the 19th vintage at the Domaine de la Vougeraie. How time flies!
It is in the searing heat that the 2017 harvest begins at Domaine de la Vougeraie. With magnificent grapes, beautiful and plentiful, the harvest looks very promising and should be wonderful. Witness the birth of wine in real time during the next fantastic two weeks! See you tomorrow for the first news bulletin! Do come and join us!
Day 15 – Wednesday 5 October 2016
The last day of the 2016 harvests was bathed in sunshine, a magnificent day that took both teams up into the high vineyards right at the back of the Côtes to bring in the last of this year’s grapes.
Day 14 – Tuesday 4 October 2016
The hillsides were lit by a magnificent light today, the weekend rain a distant memory...
Day 13 – Monday 3 October 2016
It was a perfect harvesting day, a mild 20°C and breezy, as we attacked the last but by no means the least plot on the Côte de Beaune...
Days 11 and 12 – Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 October 2016
The rain forecast did indeed come on Friday night, and in the space of one day we shifted into another season...
Day Ten – Friday 30 September 2016
It’s the last day of September and it’s been a few years since our annual harvest has carried on into October...
Day Nine – Thursday 29 September 2016
Today, we profited from the sunny weather and a “fruit” day in the lunar calendar to focus on our grand crus.
Day Eight – Wednesday 28 September 2016
At last Pierre feels like we’re harvesting! One should say that the activity in the winery has been intensifying as the grapes arrive.
Day Seven -Tuesday 26 September 2016
The early mornings are very chilly when the pickers arrive in the vines, the mercury barely registering 11°C (52°F) as fall sets in. But today, the sun clearly wanted to shine through, the clouds gradually melting away to reveal an immaculate blue sky like a last hurrah for summer!
Day six – Monday 26 September 2016
It was a gentle return to harvesting this morning, in overcast, mild, and above all dry weather. This is certainly pleasant for the pickers, and good for the grapes too, since there are no dirt splashes and so no risk of contamination which is important for the purity of the taste.
Day Five – Friday 23 September 2016
It was bright and fresh with a nip in the air this morning on the Côte. The vines are still looking luxuriant as summer slips away, with a handful of pickers scattered across the slopes...
Day Four – Thursday 22 September 2016
On this day in the year, the length of the day equals that of the night, before starting its inexorable decline...
Day Three – Wednesday 21 September 2016
On this last official day of summer, the morning was chilly and the skies gray as our two teams of pickers set out for the vines at 8:00am...
Day Two – Tuesday 20 September 2016
This morning, the sun was poking out behind the clouds, and ended the day emerging in all its glory...;
Day One – Monday 19 September 2016
Whereas we had already finished harvesting by this time in 2015, this year we are only just starting...;
Day fifteen – Tuesday 15 September 2015
Here we are on the last day of the harvests!
Day fourteen Monday – 14 September 2015
This beautiful “flower” day in the lunar calendar involved our final hours of picking on the windy crests of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and de Beaune in the last plots to ripen...
Day thirteen – Saturday 12 September 2015
We only picked for half of today as rain was forecast for the afternoon.
Day twelve – Friday 11 September 2015
This last day of sunshine was reserved for our last grand cru, a legendary one and definitely the oldest – our Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyères
Day eleven – Thursday 10 September 2015
It was another fabulous day today, with temperatures of 10°C this morning rising to 24°C by the afternoon. In just a few days’ time, the harvests will be finished.
Day ten – Wednesday 9 September 2015
A new day’s picking got underway at a good pace for the team on the Côte de Nuits, who were unaware that a surprise awaited them ...
Day nine – Tuesday 8 September 2015
Today, Pierre is disappointed, despite the lovely weather on this “flower” day of the lunar calendar...
Day eight – Monday 7 September 2015
We are now halfway through the harvest, and are simply following the tempo, which continues to increase...
Day seven – Saturday 5 September 2015
A half-day for the pickers before a day off on Sunday. This morning, we finished the Pommard Les Petits Noizons...
Day six – Friday 4 September 2015
First fermentations ....
Day five – Thursday 3 September 2015
Today was a “fruit” day in the biodynamic calendar, ideal for harvesting as it boosts the fruitiness of the grapes. The weather was normal for the season, with a blue sky dotted with large clouds revealing and hiding the sun by turns...
Day four – Wednesday 2 September 2015
Today started badly. Firstly, at 7am, we brushed shoulders with disaster over the press. It was already half-full when we realized that the drains we’d rinsed last night hadn’t been put back in, so we had to remove all the Puligny using buckets...
Day three – Tuesday 1 September 2015
The storm arrived and the thunder boomed out overnight, but in the end did little damage.
Only some 3mm of rain fell, and the temperatures tumbled....
Day two – Monday 31 August 2015
On Saturday, the huge, round Moon lit up the summer night as temperatures continued to soar. It was still 30°C after night fell over the languid vineyards and the forest dotted with oronges
Day one – Friday 28 August 2015
Here we are again, starting on our annual grape harvest at the Domaine de la Vougeraie. These two weeks of intense hard work are what truly makes the wine. Although the grapes remain the essential raw material, their harvesting and transformation must magnify what nature has given us.
Day 15 – Thursday 25 September 2014
That’s it. After 15 intense days, the last day of the harvest is upon us and we are entering the phase of the birth of the wines, the three most fantastic weeks in a winemaker’s life: creation! The moment when they express their talent and play sorcerer’s apprentice.
Day 14 – Wednesday 24 September 2014
Exactly one year ago to the day, the 2013 harvest began at the Domaine.
This year, it is steadily coming to a conclusion under an ever-present sun.