A year on the Hill of Corton

In between banquets.

If anyone knows a reliable weather website, do let me know !
Amongst all the appointments and eating, I planned to have time on the Hill on Thursday and Friday to shoot the landscape and work, hoping the light might be interesting…
Thursday gave a little fog early but the rest of the day was unexciting and so I took an early lunch and explored Serrigny and caught up with some editing before things got briefly promising around 4 pm.

Remi Rollin seems happy enough in Charlemagne

Remi Rollin seems happy enough in Charlemagne

Electric secateurs rule in Charlemagne

Electric secateurs rule in Charlemagne

The local grouse seem quite tame

The local grouse seem quite tame

Sorry I missed this ! Fancy dress makes good pictures.

Sorry I missed this ! Fancy dress makes good pictures.

Château  de Serrigny, home of the Merode family.

Château de Serrigny, home of the Merode family.

Altogether it was the quiet day I needed after Wednesday and before Saturday. Friday was gorgeous for a while on the Ladoix side, then I had an appointment to talk pictures at Le Charlemagne restaurant in Pernand before lunch.

burning the prunings in Corton

burning the prunings in Corton


I decided to recce St Aubin that afternoon before Saturday’s procession, to see how the decorations were progressing and say “bon courage!” to anyone I knew. It may seem last minute but all the traditional paper flowers are put on the eve of the big day to avoid rain damage.
I found Olivier Lamy’s father, now retired, hanging his photographs of the vineyards and local cabottes outside his house. Hubert was, as always, a genial bear of a man with a permanent twinkle in his eyes and huge vigneron’s hands. Gerard Prudhon, the mayor, was everywhere, calmly checking this and that. Its St Aubin’s first ever hosting of the St Vincent but all was well and getting more attractive by the minute as more and more paper flowers went up. These flowers are a communal production as everyone, young and old, spends an evening once a week at the town hall throughout the preceding year creating what must be hundreds of thousands of them. The pride is visible if not tangible. Its great to see St Aubin looking so good, we just hope the rain stays away.
Its not all about wine

Its not all about wine

But you can't forget snails at Domaine Prudhon

But you can’t forget snails at Domaine Prudhon

Butterfies, that's a new one on me...

Butterfies, that’s a new one on me…


Its all too much excitement for one resident of St Aubin

Its all too much excitement for one resident of St Aubin

Running out of flowers - not yet !

Running out of flowers – not yet !

1611 and still standing in St Aubin

1611 and still standing in St Aubin


Friday evening was spent having supper with a friend, Marie-Luce Château, who tends the small parcel of vines she inherited in Perrieres and Charlemagne, selling the crop to a negociant.
It was a long awaited evening as the other guests were Tom Kevill-Davies and his girlfriend. Tom is renovating an old watermill near Auxey-Duresses to create the “Hungry Cyclists'” Lodge” as a base for cyclists interested in Burgundy’s gastronic delights. Having read the first chapter of his book The Hungry Cyclist, which recounts his cycle ride across the US and South to Rio in search of great food, I know he will succeed. I can recommend the book even to non-cyclists and non-foodies, it’s a really funny read and he will make a great host. http://thehungrycyclist.com/lodge/

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