A year on the Hill of Corton

March

Not an advertisement, or even a tasting memo, this is one of only 120 bottles from a new Grand Cru vineyard. You saw it here first. Production should eventually reach a whole barrel !

Not an advertisement, or even a tasting memo, this is one of only 120 bottles from a new Grand Cru vineyard. You saw it here first. Production should eventually reach a whole barrel !

With spring here Serge's bees will soon be needed.

With spring here Serge’s bees will soon be needed.

March has been a wonderful month. I’ve been lucky with the weather and had beautiful light, especially in the mornings. The second meeting with Glénat went well and it was very good to have a few trial layouts from the editor and see things taking shape. Space and typography are so important when a book is to be primarily a visual experience.
Its been a busy time with the vignerons all out on the Hill as the weather improved. Great to see spring arriving and the promise of a new vintage after last years problems.
Of course I have not seen March on the Hill before and there is so much to enjoy.
Normally my working visits over the years have been geared towards shooting portraits of growers for my library. Four or five visits a day, picking up vineyard shoots at dawn and dusk is the usual pattern. Working on the Hill has taught me something about what to look for: beauty in close up. And to spend time looking for the best examples of what you need.
The rising sap, for example, appears as tears as it drops from the end of each pruned vine, indicating the branches are supple enough, or soon will be, to bend and tie to the wires.
There will be new posts and new wires to be installed, ground to be ploughed, and sometimes the last pruning to be pulled off and burnt or heaped in tidy rows to be ground up.

It has always been my aim to have plenty of portraits of the proprietors as well as the guys in the vines, although the owners are often the ones I meet in the vineyard. Hopefully there will be a large splash of 66+ portraits of all those owners who have supported this book. A chance for you meet at least some of the owners of vines on Corton.

If you’ve had the opportunity to attend the “Grands Jours de Bourgogne”, a biennial promotional week when the region greets the wine trades professionals, some of you will already have met some of them, even if it is often in crowded, busy situations.
I had to be there for the day of “Terroirs de Corton” when the world came to, this year, Aloxe-Corton and discovered Château Corton André and the cuverie of Maison Louis Latour that has been dug into the lower slopes along the road. This place gave me my first great memory of Burgundy when I first came here in 1979, knowing absolutely nothing about wine or Burgundy !

It's a difficult job, but someone has to do it !

It’s a difficult job, but someone has to do it !

Do they realise this place's history I wonder...?

Do they realise this place’s history I wonder…?

Bees round a honey pot at Françoise André

Bees round a honey pot at Françoise André

A tear and a raffia tie in Bressandes

A tear and a raffia tie in Bressandes

Spring has sprung in the Bois de Corton.

Spring has sprung in the Bois de Corton.

The Latour cuverie and its neighbour Château Corton André with its famous tiled roof

The Latour cuverie and its neighbour Château Corton André with its famous tiled roof


Teardrop acting as a magnifying glass

Teardrop acting as a magnifying glass

Warm enough to lure out the lizards

Warm enough to lure out the lizards

Almond blossom in Languettes

Almond blossom in Languettes

An little known view of Corton from the Pernand-Magny-Les-Villers road.

An little known view of Corton from the Pernand-Vergelesses to Magny-Les-Villers road.

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2 responses

  1. Frank Ceresa

    great stuff Jon, tell me more about the Corton Clos Blanche GC.

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    March 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    • Frank,

      its the garden of a private house on the road out of Aloxe-Corton to Pernand-Vergelesses, it carries the appellation Corton Grand Cru and is a little corner of Les Pougets. Its a walled area, hence Clos and so can be given any name the owner wants apparently. 2012 was his first vintage. I’ll pass on your interest, but at the moment I think its for personal use. I hope that’s enough to be going on with.

      Best

      Jon

      Winner of Champagne Louis Roederer “Artistry of Wine” Award 2009, 2010, 2013. Shortlisted 2012 Special commendation The André Simon Food and Drink Awards 2011

      http://www.burgundywinephotos.com http://www.jonwyand.co.uk

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      March 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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