2009s are safe and sound, resting in bottle!

To the right is a stainless steel tank filled with one of the experimental house wines

Just yesterday, we bottled all of our 2009s. In total, we produced just over 2700 bottles. The use of marbles pushed into our projected yields, however we are very pleased with the final results and will happily continue with their use in the future. After a rough start, things got running quite smoothly. At the end of the day, I was left alone to place all the bottles into the cave below our house. Thankfully, a friend, Mark Freeman (from Sonoma, studying in Dijon – helped during harvest 2010 as well), offered to come by and lend a hand.

To bring the wines into the cave, we brought the cages close to the cave entrance (each cage held 612 bottles) I placed the 24 full bottles into a fruit case prior to being hand carried into the cave, with 2700 bottles total works out to about 112 trips throughout the night. It seemed endless at times, but it helped to see that we were making big dents in the work that needed to be done with each trip into the cave.

Mark did an excellent job stacking bottles into the many alcoves and brought down a nice share of bottles as well. He did an amazing job doing something that I was having a tough time with. Having everything stacked was a time for being overwhelmingly relieved to be sure.

We finished just after 4:30a, the only casualty was 1 bottle Morey 1er Crus which broke during one of the bottle pyramid tumbles thanks to my lack of stacking skills. Another bottle of Morey cracked and broke off at the neck, but we enjoyed it drinking past the broken glass. 😉 With the 2009s safe and back in the cave, I can go about packing the cases with leisure.

Thanks again, Mark.




4 thoughts on “2009s are safe and sound, resting in bottle!

  1. Well done Ray, all thats left is to label and capsule every bottle before you put them into boxes for shipping! But seriously good work.

    Best Phil

  2. Thanks, Phil. I’m quite happy to have the bottles back in the cave and cool. In a week or two, we will start wax dipping each bottle and a few days later the labels will be put on. That day, they will be cased up, about 30 going in wooden boxes. Thanks again Phil.


  3. Congrats on the safe bottling, Ray!

    I love the marbles idea – it surely means that your wines will be in superior condition, so will taste better and live longer!

    What are the “experimental house wines”?…

    Best wishes


  4. Hey Peter,
    thanks for the reply! We are VERY pleased with it all. And the hope is that we retain as close to 100% of the fruit’s potential in all that we do. The marbles places us closer in my opinion, only time will tell for sure.

    The experimental wine is just some lees wine from the two grands crus that will be a house wine. I also have another oddball in 2010 which is 60/40 Charmes-Chambertin “Aux Charmes Haute” (note the name change-labels to follow as well) and Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Corbeaux”. These basically wouldn’t fit into the barrels so instead of using them as topping up wine, we have another house wine. I’m not too interested in it since the terroir is muddled no matter how pleasing it may eventually taste.

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