This week just keeps getting better. Well, here we are just a few weeks prior to harvest and things are firming up quite a bit. I have spent my time in Chagny at a friends house, resting in between train runs up through the region. One day, Saint Aubin, the next, Beaune and Gevrey-Chambertin. You know, you truly have no idea of the size of these villages until you are walking alongside the Grand Cru highway, cars whooshing by and wondering if you will make it to Nuits Saint George with all of your limbs in tact.
A few days ago, I decided to upgrade to a much more luxurious mode of transport, a20 year old Peugeot 10 speed bicycle. While on bike I noticed just how small these villages are, Vougeot, Vosne Romanee, whoosh, whoosh. I also noticed that I am a far cry from bring in serious biking condition. Maybe people were right about my diet of beer,wine and rich foods…Maybe not.
Anyhow, with a chain of luck, I succeeded in getting into contract on my shared facility in Morey Saint Denis, close to Magnien just off the RN74. The day before, I secured my contract for 5 barrels of grapes from Morey Saint Denis – Les Chaffots 1er cru, just next to Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru. Today, I will travel to Gevrey-Chambertin using a friend’s Kangoo transport to sign for my extended contract of both Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru grapes, all from Aux Charmes I might add, as well as for my Le Chambertin in grapes. What an Amazing week…
This year, we will produce:
5 barrels from Morey Saint Denis -Les Chaffots 1er Cru
7 barrels from Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
2 barrels from Le Chambertin Grand Cru
everything is from purchased grapes under long contracts. Well, I am off.