A year on the Hill of Corton

A great harvest comes early. Part 2

Back in the Côte d’Or the sun continued to shine while the harvest action had moved north. So must I, with work to do in Flagey-Echezeaux, Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin.
Harvest time is a difficult time to distract a winemaker for photographs. This is when being known and trusted can make the difference.

Heading north from Beaune I find Domaine Cornu's team celebrating the end of their harvest in Ladoix-Serrigny

Heading north from Beaune I find Domaine Cornu’s team celebrating the end of their harvest in Ladoix-Serrigny


Exchanging books with Louis-Michel Liger-Belair in Vosne-Romanée

Exchanging books with Louis-Michel Liger-Belair in Vosne-Romanée

La Romanée waiting for triage  @ Liger-Belair

La Romanée waiting for triage @ Liger-Belair

Preparation at Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur in Vosne

Preparation at Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur in Vosne


Tasting room at Gros F+S. Bernard and son Vincent do  an entertaining duet

Tasting room at Gros F+S. Bernard and son Vincent do an entertaining duet


Up on the oof the view is well worth the climb.

Up on the roof the view is well worth the climb.


This front door about sums up the 2015 vintage...

This front door about sums up the 2015 vintage…


Down in Richebourg things are under way.

Down in Richebourg things are under way.


What a beauty !

What a beauty !

Meanwhile the team are hard at work in La Tâche Meanwhile the team are hard at work in La Tâche
Meanwhile there is a friendly invasion of Romanée Conti by a bunch of New Zealand special forces masquerading as cyclists!

Meanwhile there is a friendly invasion of Romanée Conti by a bunch of New Zealand special forces masquerading as cyclists!


I manage to infiltrate and get invited to lunch !
A very hospitable bunch of Rugby loving New Zealanders.

A very hospitable bunch of Rugby loving New Zealanders.

On to Gevrey-Chambertin in an effort to gatecrash their harvest!

No action yet in Clos St Jacques

No action yet in Clos St Jacques


But Ruchottes awaits the boys from Rousseau any minute.

But Ruchottes awaits the boys from Rousseau any minute.


Not sure if Arnaud Mortet is helping Eric Rousseau or just learning from a master!

Not sure if Arnaud Mortet is helping Eric Rousseau or just learning from a master!


Another friendly reception at Drouhin Laroze in Gevrey-Chambertin, my first, but not last, visit.

Another friendly reception at Drouhin Laroze in Gevrey-Chambertin, my first, but not last, visit.


Rossignol-Trapet are busy in their Gevrey-Chambertin overlooked by the, now Chinese owned, Château

Rossignol-Trapet are busy in their Gevrey-Chambertin overlooked by the, now Chinese owned, Château


Jean-Louis Trapet et Fils  at their Gevrey cuverie

Jean-Louis Trapet et Fils at their Gevrey cuverie

In Gevrey, Domaine Magnien do a very public triage.

In Gevrey, Domaine Magnien do a very public triage.


And back at Romanée Conti you are sure of an audience of one form or another...

And back at Romanée Conti you are sure of an audience of one form or another…


The first grapes from Romanée Conti are on their way.

The first grapes from Romanée Conti are on their way.

While the triage team await expectantly....

While the triage team await expectantly….

Then its all systems go !

Then its all systems go !


What price a vatful of Romanée Conti pinot noir?

What price a vatful of Romanée Conti pinot noir?


At Liger-Belair. La Romanée 2015 is being born !

At Liger-Belair. La Romanée 2015 is being born !


In Morey-St Denis, Cécile Tremblay is busy too.

In Morey-St Denis, Cécile Tremblay is busy too.


At Gros Frère + Soeur they are cleaning up.

At Gros Frère + Soeur they are cleaning up.


And, back in Vosne, Lalou Bize Leroy checks the triage.

And, back in Vosne, Lalou Bize Leroy checks the triage.

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3 responses

  1. PHILLIP EAVES

    Hi Jon love the posts keep them coming,  any news on an English version of the book? Can I ask you if you have ever come across the following proprietaire in Ladoix.    Jacques Marion and only described as a proprietaire of Ladoix none of the usual sources BIVB etc have ever heard of him but I have seen his labels, any ideas I’m trying to track down one of his wines? best regards Phil   

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    November 1, 2015 at 10:08 am

    • Hi Phil,
      just back from a few days “holiday” over there. Thanks for the kind encouragement, its sometimes difficult to get your vines in a row and get writing or choosing pics, hence the unfortunately long gaps. Now I have to finish my next post and do another 2 before I catch up. Then it will go quiet again. Re an English language edition, that will depend on interesting a US publisher I expect.I think Wine Spectator would review an English edition which would help but I doubt sales in the UK will interest a publisher here, I’m still looking though.

      Regarding Jacques Marion I spoke to Pierre Cornu, president of the Ladoix growers, and he says that Marion has ceased operating and only ever had two and a half “ouvrées” of vines. Not a lot…
      I shall keep asking, I like challenge and this one sounds interesting!

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      November 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      • phil eaves

        Jon

        thanks for that he did produce, in 2010 and 2012 at least a Aloxe Corton 1er La Marechaude a rare use of the name.

        Phil

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        December 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

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