Sep 22, 2012

Burgundy 2012 harvest blog 2, September 22

Greetings from the very, very muddy Burgundy.

It rained almost whole night and the rain stopped just before start of harvesting in the morning. Thus the day was a very muddy one to say the least, earth getting stuck to the legs of the rain coat clad bunch of pickers today. The rain water on top of grape bunches had not had time to dry before picking, so we decided to continue with village appellations of Morey St. Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin. Part of Gevrey-Chambertin village apellation was harvested also on Thursday, the first harvest day. We will most probably continue harvesting Grand Cru vineyards tomorrow as it has not rained a drop since 7.45 this morning and grapes have enough time to dry before work continues early Sunday morning.

Again today's grapes were in such good condition, healthy bunches which were relatively easy to pick up, with less problems with mildew for pickers than in 2011.

Good early reports from Piemonte, Italy,  too as a friend of mine harvested his barbera grapes simultaneously near Barbaresco and was very happy with the quality of the grapes there.

Early morning yet again tomorrow as the domaine wants to collect as much as possible before the next rains are forecasted to reach the area, which is most likely on Monday. So Monday will be a shorter day for us with half a day off.

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