Letters

Day two – Monday 31 August 2015

Number : 2 - Full Moon and Caesar’s mushrooms


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

Jour 2 - lundi 31 aout 2015 - A

Day one – Friday 28 August 2015

Number : 1 - Prelude... La Plante, first plot for the snip!


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.

Jour 1 - vendredi 28 aout 2015 - A

Spring-Summer 2015

Number : 50

This special edition mainly contains photographs to celebrate the 50th edition of the Lettre du Domaine...

N° 50 juillet 2015 GB

Winter 2014-2015

Number : 49

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....

N° 49 mars 2015 GB

Automn letter: Special 2014 Harvest report

Number : 48

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....

N° 48 octobre 2014 GB

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.

15 jour - 25 septembre 2014 ang

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.

14 jour - 24 septembre ang

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.

12 jour - 22 sept 2014_ANG

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...

10-11 jour - 20-21 sept 2014_ANG

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...

9 jour - 19 septembre 2014_ANG

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.

8 jour - 18 septembre 2014_ANG

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...

7 jour - 17 septembre 2014_ANG

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....

6 jour - 16 septembre 2014_ANG

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.

5 jour - 15 septembre 2014_A

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!.....

4 jour - 13 septembre 2014_ANG

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.

3 jour - 12 septembre 2014 Ang

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.

2 jour - 11 septembre 2014_A

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.

1 jour - 10 septembre 2014 Ang

Summer letter 2014

Number : 47

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.

N° 47 juillet 2014 GB

Winter 2013

Number : 46

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....

N° 46 janv 2014 GB

Autumn Letter – Special 2013 Harvest report

Number : 45

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.

N° 45 oct 2013 GB

Day fourteen and fifteen – Sunday 13 and Monday 14 October 2013

Number : 14 & 15 - The final harvest of a challenging vintage

... 2013 will go down as a challenging year!

jours 14-15 - 13-14 oct 2013 Ang

Day 13 – Saturday 12 October 2013

Number : 13 - Sun, but not for long!

This evening, the Paulée was held in Vougeot...

jour 13 - 12 oct 2013 Ang

Day 12 Friday – 11 October 2013

Number : 12 - Gray skies yet again!

It’s a year for terroir wines ...

jour 12 - 11 oct 2013 Ang

Day 11 – Thursday 10 October 2013

Number : 11 - Both red and white on the Hautes-Côtes

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…

jour 11 - 10 oct 2013 Ang

Day ten – Wednesday 9 October 2013

Number : 10 - All smiles on the Côte de Nuits

Pierre remains very optimistic, despite the big differences.

jour 10 - 9 oct 2013 Ang

Day nine – Tuesday 8 October 2013

Number : 9 - No change in the weather

Another gray day, with threatening skies overhead but mild temperatures.

jour 9 - 8 oct 2013 Ang

Days seven and eight – Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October 2013

Number : 7-8 Onto the Grand Crus as the first juice goes into barrels

.. 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.

jours 7 & 8 - 6 & 7 oct 2013 Ang

Day Six – Saturday 5 October 2013

Number : 6 - And the heavens opened…

Given the apocalyptic conditions, we decided to harvest the most straightforward vines...

jour 6 - 5 oct 2013 Ang

Day five – Friday 4 October 2013

Number : 5 - Rain

... the harvest this year is no picnic!

jour 5 - 4 oct 2013 Ang

Day four – Thursday 3 October 2013

Number : 4 - A day of contrasts

A stark difference is emerging between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits ...

jour 4 - 3 oct 2013 Ang

Day three Wednesday 2 October 2013

Number : 3 - Focus and concentration!

They are so serious! Whether it is in the winery or in the vines, this year, the three teams are earnest above all else.

jour 3 - 2 oct 2013 - Ang

Day Two – Tuesday 1 October 2013

Number : 2 - Stress… of a damp kind!

It’s a genuine race against the clock which is being played out across the whole of Burgundy...

jour 2 - 1 oct 2013 Ang

Day one – Monday 30 September 2013

Number : 1 - An autumnal “leaf” day

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...

jour 1 - 30 sept 2013 Ang

Summer Letter 2013

Number : 44

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.

N° 44 juill 2013

Spring Letter 2013

Number : 43

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.

N° 43 April 2013

Winter 2012-2013

Number : N°42

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...

N° 42 decembre 2012 GB

Autumn Letter – Special 2012 Harvest report

Number : 41

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.

N° 41 octobre 2012 GB

Day ten Friday – 28 September 2012

Number : 10- The last grapes

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. ...

10th day - 28 sep 2012-A

Day nine Thursday – 27 September 2012

Number : 9- The regal Gevrey-Chambertin

The weather was much better today over the vines which still look surprisingly green, as if the rain is helping extend their lifecycle. ...

9th day - 27 sep 2012-A

Day eight – Wednesday 26 September 2012

Number : 8 - The Deluge!

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. ....

8e jour - 26 sep 2012-A

Day seven – Tuesday 25 September 2012

Number : 7 - A root day

The weather this year has been topsy-turvy: we had summer in springtime and now we have spring in the fall! ....

7e jour - 25 sep 2012-A

Days five and six – Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September 2012

Number : 5 & 6 - Storms over the Grand Crus

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....

5th & 6th days- 23- 24 Sep. 2012-A

Day four Saturday – 22 September 2012

Number : 4 - Autumn sonata

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....

4e jour - 22 sep 2012-A

Day three Friday – 21 September 2012

Number : 3 - Something in the air...

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 3d - 21 Sept.2012

Day two Thursday – 20 September 2012

Number : 2 - Zénitude!

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.

First day - 19 Sept. 2012

Day one Wednesday -19 September 2012

Number : 1 - An extreme year!

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....

First day - 19 Sept. 2012

Summer letter 2012

Number : 40

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...

N° 40 juillet 2012 GB

Spring letter 2012

Number : 39

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.

Letter n°39


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