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.
This special edition mainly contains photographs to celebrate the 50th edition of the Lettre du Domaine...
The continental winter brings us cold, wind, snow, and frosts, keeping the temperature in the cellars low, slowing the malolactic fermentations of the 2014 wines....
Automn letter: Special 2014 Harvest report
Those who followed our daily bulletins on our website already know: there are no words enthusiastic enough to describe our 2014 harvest. And yet, this vintage nearly ended in disaster! Everything started out fine, with spring coming early, bringing with it sunny weather....
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.
Day 13 – Tuesday 23 September 2014
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
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.
Summer letter 2014
With a shower of medals on the Domaine and its great white wines heralded by the British, Le Clos Blanc and Corton-Charlemagne have confirmed our steady progress towards greatness.
After very late harvests, the production of your letter has also been somewhat delayed! We follow the rhythm dictated by nature. While we are still nurturing the last of the sublime 2012 wines which are still in the cellar for their last two months there, the ageing of the 2013s is just settling in nicely....
Autumn Letter – Special 2013 Harvest report
The 2013 harvest will be remembered as long and late. It began on 26 September and ended on 14 October, lasting almost three weeks which were complicated by uncertain weather that was wet and cold.
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...
Summer Letter 2013
Summer is finally with us at the start of July. After a frightful spring, which was cold and wet, the long-awaited sun beats down on Burgundy, revitalizing both man and nature.
Spring Letter 2013
In the winery, the indulgent 2011 wines have just been bottled, with one in particular filling an exceptional Nebuchadnezzar. The scarce and precious 2012 vintage, still in barrels over Easter, is now confirming its sublime and outstanding character.
In the vines, we have been planting and are redoubling our efforts to further enhance the levels of excellence in our vineyards. This is a long-term investment, given that a vine only really starts to produce in its seventh year.
The first snow fell at the beginning of December. It was early for the season but any autumnal weather has now been forgotten with a wave of cold settling across Burgundy. The Côte looks magnificent painted in white and the winegrowers have begun their pruning...
Autumn Letter – Special 2012 Harvest report
A concentrated harvest report for a concentrated wine!Concentrated is certainly the watchword for this memorable 2012 harvest. Back in June, we were doubtful about its future, but the weather in August saved us. The harvest itself was a 10-day race against the rain.
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....
Summer letter 2012
July in Burgundy this year has seen the sun playing hide-and-go-seek with the rain clouds, coupled with storms, rollercoaster temperatures and hail in places, all of which means a wine region having a tough time. And where there are damp conditions, there is mildew, which means a race against the clock with numerous corrective treatments to combat the thriving fungus...
Spring letter 2012
Spring has sprung and the Côte looks magnificent under the bright blue sunny sky. The blossoming fruit trees scatter their petals in the wind blowing across this landscape, which has been given a rough ride with the late February frosts and a lack of rain. Fortunately, the hardy vines are waiting for the very last minute to release their buds, and their branches are still bare, despite the rising sap.