Harvesting 2020

DAYS 18 & 19 : SATURDAY 5 & SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

Number : 18 - Final bouquet!

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.

LDV 2020 - J18 - GB

DAY 17 : FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

Number : 17 - The last whites

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.

LDV 2020 - J17 - GB

DAY 16 – THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

Number : 16 - Burgundy... from up high!

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.

LDV 2020 - J16 - GB

DAY 15 – WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Number : 15 - Both Côtes are almost finished!

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!

LDV 2020 - J15 - GB

DAY 14 – TUESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER

Number : 14 - Full moon

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.

LDV 2020 - J14 - GB

DAY 13 – MONDAY 31st AUGUST

Number : 13 - The whites of Beaune, the reds of Nuits

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.

LDV 2020 - J13 - GB

DAYS 11 & 12 – SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30 AUGUST

Number : 11-12 : Fruit Day

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!

LDV 2020 - J11-12 - GB

DAY 10 – FRIDAY 28 AUGUST

Number : 10 - Beginning of barrel filling!

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.

LDV 2020 - J10 - GB

DAY 9 – THURSDAY 27 AUGUST

Number : 9 - Swimming in chardonnay!

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.

LDV 2020 - J09 - GB

DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST

Number : 8 - Dappled skies

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.

LDV 2020 - J08 - GB

DAY 7 – TUESDAY 25 AUGUST

Number : 7 - St Louis Day

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.

LDV 2020 - J07 - GB

DAY 6 – MONDAY 24 AUGUST

Number : 6 - Nature's generosity

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.

LDV 2020 - J06 - GB

DAY 4 & 5 – SATURDAY 22, SUNDAY 23 AUGUST

Number : 4 & 5 - A symphony of colours

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.

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DAY 3 – FRIDAY 21 AUGUST

Number : 3 - Le Clos Blanc makes an entrance!

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.

LDV 2020 - J03- GB

DAY 2 – THURSDAY 20 AUGUST

Number : 2- Contrasts

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.

LDV 2020 - J02- GB

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST

Number : 1- Vines with a view

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.

LDV 2020 - J01- GB