The harvest began today at the Domaine de la Vougeraie. Sixty-four crates of Bâtard-Montrachet gathered in seasonal weather conditions by the estate’s team of pickers. It was 15°C with a veil of mist this morning as they set off to harvest our grand cru south of Beaune. It is our third harvest of this liquid gold.
The bunches showed a lot of millerandage – the fruits varying in size in the bunch, known in English as “hens and chickens” – and were very ripe. It was time to harvest them as rain is forecast for the weekend. After manually sorting the grapes in the early afternoon, the press delivered its first richly colored juice.
This is only a prelude because the real start date will be Monday when 80 pickers will descend on the estate to harvest the grapes from 33 hectares, 15 on the Côte de Beaune and 18 in the Côte de Nuits.
Watch this space!