A year on the Hill of Corton

Are captions important ?

I was very pleased last month to be asked by Decanter magazine for photographs of Grand Cru white wine vineyards for their “Joy of Terroir” feature. Obviously I sent pictures from the Hill and they seem to have been interested in both these:ploughingEnCharlemagne@P-V_CRW4526@72

Early morning in Le Corton

Early morning in Le Corton

Unfortunately, through the wonders of, and the speed of, modern technology, the right picture got the wrong caption. Or vice versa, depending on your taste. Perhaps there will be room for a correction in the next issue, perhaps not.
These things happen ” in the best regulated homes” as my parents used to say.
Still I’m happy that the Hill got a DPS in Decanter!
In the end they used the the ploughing shot with Pernand in the background.

My June visit was very brief. The weather was good part from one damp day and everyone seemed very satisfied with this year’s flowering. Talk is of harvest starting around mid September. But as they say , “its August who decides.”
My work on the Hill finished with a couple of portraits of growers who had subscribed to the book, thereby meriting a tiny “mugshot” at the back of the book. I had a busy time with assignments in Vosne-Romanée, Puligny and Chassagne, all of which you may see before the end of the year, depending on what you read.
Here are a few images from that short stay.
Evening light in Aloxe-Corton on a “precocious” vine.

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More rapid growth in Clos du Roi

Aloxe’s Pinot Noir flowering

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Beehives and the Cabotte of Bonneau du Martray in Le Charlemagne

The redesign of the cente of Meursault nears completion

Meuneveaux, pere et fils, the last shot is done.

Jean-Paul of St Aubin, the place to go with a puncture!

A lesson in Burgundian genealogy in Chassagne-Montrachet!

In november a French text version of The Book will be out! Less than 5 months and counting… Here’s hoping one in English follows before too long.
Meanwhile, I shall be back in July but not sadly for the Balade Gourmande in Ladoix, I hope the weather stays kind for them this weekend.

3 responses

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  2. Caroline Lestimé

    An amazing genealogic tree! a branch is missing, isn’t it ? 😉 🙂


    June 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • Hi Caroline,
      Family trees often have gaps
      Tell us what you know !


      June 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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