It’s the last day of the harvest, and as tradition dictates, we finish the very last rows of our Bourgogne Terres de Famille, begun two days ago, where our Romans are working hard for these ultimate reds, Aux Herbues.
DAY 17 : FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
The weather is very good today. The sky is blue without a single cloud on the horizon or even a breath of wind on the upper slopes and the sun is radiant. It’s the second day for our Bourgogne Terres de Famille, and we’re still on the Chaux plateau with the whites that we want to finish so that we’ll have time to press them tomorrow, because on Sunday, with just a small team in the winery, we will be focusing on pumping over and will not have time to press.
DAY 16 – THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
On this beautiful day in early September, we have already forgotten the grey skies, it’s getting warmer and it seems that good weather is on its way back! This is the home stretch for our harvest with the last, but not the least, vines in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, four large plots overlooking Nuits-Saint-Georges, high up on the Chaux plateau which will be harvested in record time by the team of twenty valiant Romans.
DAY 15 – WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
The end of the harvest is in sight! The Bâtard-Montrachet, the first to be barrelled, finished its alcoholic fermentation yesterday and Le Clos Blanc ‘La Plante’ has already transformed its sugars. Everything is moving quickly in the cellar - these wines are in a hurry!
DAY 14 – TUESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
This morning it's back to school. It’s unlike a usual beginning of term because it has been six months since the students have been to school due to the lockdown, apart from a few days at the end of June. Here also masks and barrier gestures are required.
DAY 13 – MONDAY 31st AUGUST
It’s a cool morning at 12 °and the sky is very overcast with large white and gray cumulus clouds, an impressive cloudy mass which will release only a few showers before noon, barely enough to water the landscape.
DAYS 11 & 12 – SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30 AUGUST
Temperatures have dropped considerably and are now around 20 °on the Côte. The harvesters, with their stiff fingers, are almost missing the rain of yesterday. There’s a feeling that nature, exhausted from the heat of the summer, yearns for autumn and so do we!
DAY 10 – FRIDAY 28 AUGUST
Incredible but true, it's raining! There’s a radical change in the weather, temperatures are plummeting and it’s only 17 ° today! The humidity fell overnight and this morning the cote is under an opaque white veil, the rain is falling hard and it seems to have set in for the day.
DAY 9 – THURSDAY 27 AUGUST
It is 20 ° this morning and the weather is overcast. The Beaune team migrated north into the vineyard of Vougeot ‘Clos du Prieuré’ white, which must be cut immediately, a full six days after the red.
DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST
It's crazy that certain estates of the Côte de Beaune have already finished their harvest at the end of August! Incredibly, we are only halfway. On this beautiful sunny day we begin in Puligny-Montrachet ‘Aux Paupillots’ and continue on to Chassagne-Montrachet, the village next door, in the ‘En Lormeau’ plot.
DAY 7 – TUESDAY 25 AUGUST
We began this Royal day in cooler temperatures and in the winery everyone was wearing their polo necks but the 15 ° climbed slowly but surely to 30 °, stifling hot and no breeze at all and by 6pm it was at its hottest with a still intense sun.
DAY 6 – MONDAY 24 AUGUST
On this cool early morning it is 12 °C, the sun is rising, it is 7 am on the Cote and the sound of secateurs can already being heard in our vines. The vines remain defiantly dark green and if you haven’t set foot in the rows, you won’t realise that the summer has been scorching and dry as evidenced by the dry, prematurely fallen or yellowing leaves.
DAY 4 & 5 – SATURDAY 22, SUNDAY 23 AUGUST
The overnight rain finally brought a little coolness to the grape pickers and the vines. The sun is still shining but the temperatures are a little more bearable at 26°C (78,8 F)on Saturday and 24°C (75,2 F) on Sunday. The weekend promises to be intense and sweet at the same time.
DAY 3 – FRIDAY 21 AUGUST
With an overcast sky, continuing high temperatures (33 °C-91,4 F, at the highest) and a hot wind, conditions are difficult for the pickers, but it takes more than that to demotivate them! Many are helped along by the 10 am snack, the lunch break and the great ambiance reigning in the vines.
DAY 2 – THURSDAY 20 AUGUST
It was a day marked by contrasts between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits and the heat in the vineyards at 36 C (96.8 F) at the hottest part of the day, compared with the cool of the winery. The only thing in common was continuing to harvest the red grapes.
DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST
A new moon, fruit day, radiant sunshine and harvesters in great shape for this first day of harvest which started in the Côte de Beaune in our Pommard Les Petits Noizons vineyard in the morning and continues in the afternoon with our Grand Cru Corton Le Clos du Roi.