One needs to go back to 2016 for a harvest that ended in October. It has become rare over the past 30 years because the start date has gradually come forward, with August now standard for the first snip of the secateurs. The vines’ growth cycle has shortened by a month in the space of a generation.
DAY 14 – HIGH ON THE HAUTES-CÔTES
The cold was striking this morning with the mercury barely reaching 4°C at dawn when Camille left her home in Nantoux on the Hautes Côtes. And it was only a couple of degrees more when the pickers set to work on this, the penultimate and most intense day so far. The fall is coming.
DAY 13 – A FLOWER DAY AND A WANING MOON
It was another long day in the Clos de la Chapelle, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, to finish the white. The vines in the southern part produced the biggest bunches while those in the more northerly section were much smaller. In the end, it took three days to pick them all and the yield was good for 2021.
Day 12 – A GREAT WHITE ON THE RED CARPET
After a very chilly night (7°C) the sun had barely risen over the huge plot of Clos de la Chapelle when 50 pickers began work on the second day of harvesting this Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot Monopole.
DAY 11 – AFTER A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY
What should have been a quiet Sunday morning in the winery ended up being quite a lot more! Camille decided it was time to carry out the first pigeages.
DAY 9 – WELCOME TO THE CLOS DE LA CHAPELLE
The day started early at the winery, with the press already in operation at 6:45am. We were pressing the cool grapes for our Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain and Charlemagne, which produced lovely dark juice and we were eager to get it into the vat.
DAY 8 – FERMENTATION BEGINS
We could feel it was on its way, and last night the first wines started to ferment. After three days of cold pre-fermentation maceration, when the vats are kept at 14-15°C, the Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey, Volnay, and Les Marconnets began to bubble.
DAY 7 – THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
A hot-air balloon in the sky above Beaune and the Saône plain drifts slowly west towards the Côte where the full moon is sinking behind the mountain. Our pickers are already hard at work on this beautiful yet chilly morning.
DAY 6 – THE FALL EQUINOX
It’s now officially the fall and we can see it all around. The leaves are turning red, the light is changing, the air is cool. It was a lovely day today, but the nights are chilly and at dawn, as the sun starts to rise, it’s just 7°C. One can feel the humidity and there’s no mistaking it – the season is changing.
DAY 5 – A HARVEST MOON
After rain comes the sun! Rubber boots were de rigeur this morning for the pickers because an estimated 40mm of rain fell yesterday on the Côte and the mud was very sticky this morning.
DAY 2 to DAY 4 – SUNSHINE OVER LES THOREY AND LE CLOS BLANC
A beautiful sun in a dappled sky welcomed us on this second day of harvesting. The lovely weather warmed the heart and eased the disappointment regarding this poor harvest.
DAY 1 – THE CHALLENGE!
What does this harvest have in store for us? All the questions we have about this chaotic year will finally be answered as the vines’ growth cycle comes to an end. On this calm and sunny late summer Friday, with temperatures of 13°C in the morning and 21°C in the afternoon, exactly 11 days since we harvested our Crémant de Bourgogne grapes, it’s finally time for the main harvest to start.
PRELUDE – FÊTE DE FAMILLE
The first snips of the secateurs rang out on a bright and sunny day. Vapor trails crisscrossed the sky and the temperature was 17°C at 8am, with a high of 28°C forecast for the afternoon. The sun was high in the bright blue sky with not a breath of wind. The full team from the Domaine came together today to pick the first grapes, and this will be the only time they’ll be all out together during this harvest.