A year on the Hill of Corton

A walk in the Bois de Corton

Sunday begins with coffee at the epicerie in Ladoix where I am to meet Sylvain Renaud, Vincent Sauvestre’s man in charge of his woods on Corton Hill.
The frost has gone but the fog remains as we trek into the woods, Sylvain’s saw over his shoulder, looking for things to cut up and any sign of life from the creatures inhabiting the wood.
What is already a beautiful space had taken on an a vaguely mysterious atmosphere in the fog and lacked only a sighting of the silhouette of a chevreuil to give it a mythical air.
No such luck, but I am invited to Sunday lunch with M.+ Mme. Renaud beside a very welcoming and efficient wood burning stove. Another walk after lunch yielded no sightings, even with Sylvain creeping around like a real backwoodsman. Then off back to the Rognets vineyards in search of anything before a shower and dinner chez Gaudillère. The fog is due to clear on Monday so a little sun would be useful.

Sylvain Renaud, ready for action

Sylvain Renaud, ready for action

Next stop, someone's chimney.

Next stop, someone’s chimney.

The affectionate Monsieur Renaud and his wife.

The affectionate Monsieur Renaud and his wife.

Renaud père + fils looking for tracks.

Renaud père + fils looking for tracks.

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