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
Exchanging books with Louis-Michel Liger-Belair in Vosne-Romanée
La Romanée waiting for triage @ Liger-Belair
Preparation at Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur in Vosne
Tasting room at Gros F+S. Bernard and son Vincent do an entertaining duet
Up on the roof the view is well worth the climb.
This front door about sums up the 2015 vintage…
Down in Richebourg things are under way.
What a beauty !
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!
I manage to infiltrate and get invited to lunch !
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
But Ruchottes awaits the boys from Rousseau any minute.
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.
Rossignol-Trapet are busy in their Gevrey-Chambertin overlooked by the, now Chinese owned, Château
Jean-Louis Trapet et Fils at their Gevrey cuverie
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…
The first grapes from Romanée Conti are on their way.
While the triage team await expectantly….
Then its all systems go !
What price a vatful of Romanée Conti pinot noir?
At Liger-Belair. La Romanée 2015 is being born !
In Morey-St Denis, Cécile Tremblay is busy too.
At Gros Frère + Soeur they are cleaning up.
And, back in Vosne, Lalou Bize Leroy checks the triage.