harvesting 2014

Day 15 – Thursday 25 September 2014

Number : 15 - Epilogue: after the grapes, the wine


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.

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Day 14 – Wednesday 24 September 2014

Number : 14 - Hautes-Côtes, from Nuits to Beaune


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.

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Day 13 – Tuesday 23 September 2014

Number : 13 - The harvest draws to an end


That’s it! Summer is officially over. The sun kept going as long as it could, we sense now that Mother Nature, after her spectacularly fruitful recent activity, is gradually losing her vitality.

Day 12 – Monday 22 September 2014

Number : 12 - Just a few days more…


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.

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Days 10 & 11 – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September 2014

Number : 10 - From shadows to light


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...

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Day nine – Friday 19 September 2014

Number : 9 - Rain on the Côte


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...

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Day eight – Thursday 18 September 2014

Number : 8 - Beautiful grapes from the “Morétain” triangle


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.

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Day seven – Wednesday 17 September 2014

Number : 7 - The Ride of the Valkyries

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...

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Day six – Tuesday 16 September 2014

Number : 6 - The first wines go into the barrel


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....

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Day five – Monday 15 September 2014

Number : 5 - Premier and grand crus, the pleasure of excellence!

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.

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Day four – Saturday 13 September 2014

Number : 4 - A favorite emerges

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!.....

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Day three – Friday 12 September 2014

Number : 3 - A red day

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.

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Day two – Thursday 11 September 2014

Number : 2 - Serenity

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.

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Day one – Wednesday 10 September 2014

Number : 1 - Welcome to the 2014 harvests

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.

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