A year on the Hill of Corton

A great harvest comes early. Part 1

Every so often my harvest visit to Burgundy merges with another assignment in the Rhône and this year there was a third client, Flint Wines in London. Consequently when I arrived back in Burgundy I had missed most of the Côte de Beaune. I still had a very interesting time in the Côte de Nuits enjoying great weather and meeting very happy winemakers.
I had planned to visit Chablis but the dreadful hailstorm meant that trip was best delayed.Can you imagine trying to photograph someone who had just lost 85% of his Grand Crus a week before harvest…?
I managed to catch Jean-Michel Chartron harvesting their Chevalier Montrachet before having to head south to Avignon before returning.

Chartron's famous Chevalier Montrachet gate

Chartron’s famous Chevalier Montrachet gate


Michel Niellon was picking his Chevalier too

Michel Niellon was picking his Chevalier too

Cleaning up at Chartron

Cleaning up at Chartron

Getting the barrels ready at Chartron

Getting the barrels ready at Chartron

Marine Roussel@ Domaine Joncier in Tavel

Marine Roussel@ Domaine Joncier in Tavel


Her husband watches from behind a reflector !

Her husband watches from behind a reflector !
Nicolas Haeni at Malmont provides coffee after an early start Nicolas Haeni at Malmont provides coffee after an early start

Nicolas's Malmont vineyard,near Seguret, all his own work - watch this space !

Nicolas’s Malmont vineyard, near Seguret, all his own work – watch this space !

Jean-Louis Chave relaxeswith a glass of  his favourite - St Joseph !

Jean-Louis Chave relaxes with a glass of his favourite – St Joseph !

Jean-Louis Chave's project in St Joseph. Formidable !

Jean-Louis Chave’s project in St Joseph. Formidable !


Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud at Delas Frères

Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud at Delas Frères


Isabelle and brother Christophe Sabon in Couthézon bear Châteauneuf du Pape

Isabelle and brother Christophe Sabon in Courthézon near Châteauneuf du Pape


Vincent Avril in Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape

Vincent Avril in Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape


Julien Pilion loads his Viognier in Condrieu

Julien Pilion loads his Viognier in Condrieu


Philippe Guigal and his Dad think is their best ever vintage. The grapes from La Turque looked amazing.

Philippe Guigal and his Dad think 2015 is their best ever vintage. The grapes from La Turque looked amazing.


Start of harvest in Guigal's La Turque in Côte Rôtie

Start of harvest in Guigal’s La Turque in Côte Rôtie


Dawn at Corton

Dawn at Corton


Chardonnay in Charlemagne, quite a sight.

Chardonnay in Charlemagne, quite a sight.


The pickers are summoned to the Paulée at Bonneau du Martray in Pernand -Vergellesses

The pickers are summoned to their Paulée at Bonneau du Martray in Pernand -Vergelesses


Next morning Pierre-Yves is busy lining up his barrels in his new cellar in Chassagne-Montrachet

Next morning Pierre-Yves Colin is busy lining up his barrels in his new cellar in Chassagne-Montrachet

while cassecroute awaits

while cassecroute awaits

Over the road Laurent Pillot is watching his Aligoté come in

Over the road Laurent Pillot is watching his Aligoté come in


Its Aligoté- o-clock at Pillot's

Its Aligoté- o-clock at Pillot’s


Quality control at work

Quality control at work


I hope he has n't lost his watch....

I hope he has n’t lost his watch….

Paul Zinetti at Comte Armand knows there is still plenty of work to do...

Paul Zinetti at Comte Armand knows there is still plenty of work to do…


Up at Louis Latour the reds are still coming in at their 19th century cuverie

Up at Louis Latour the reds are still coming in at their 19th century cuverie


At the Hospices de Beaune things are more modern. No “pigeage a pied ” here.


Ludivine Grivault is pretty pleased with her first vintage at Les Hospices

Ludivine Grivault is pretty pleased with her first vintage at Les Hospices


Nioc Potel is always smiling anyway !

Nioc Potel is always smiling anyway!


Nico's winemaker Xavier is more serious and likes to work in the dark.

Nico’s winemaker Xavier is more serious and likes to work in the dark.


Meanwhile Germain relaxes in between presses

Meanwhile Germain relaxes in between presses


Caroline Frey keeping an eye on her bit of Burgundy

Caroline Frey keeping an eye on her bit of Burgundy

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