Just back in from visiting the vineyards, and I am pleased to report that everything is looking healthy and happy which in turn has given me a really good feeling about the upcoming harvest.
To be sure, we are a good sight early in not only the development but we are are also further along than what is considered the ‘norm’. Of note, Burgundy dodges these confines of rules norms, as we really have unique growing seasons here each year.
By the looks of things, if we were to
continue at a similar rate of growth, we would be harvesting at the end of August. We are about 3-4 weeks ahead of ‘schedule’ (still haven’t quite located one of these here yet). That said, hail, cool winds, wet weather, heat spikes, vegetative arrest and all types of others events could come into play and would certainly make a marked difference in the projected start date.
What we can say is that the vines are looking good and that flowering has started without hitch for the most part. I visit the vines which we source from around five times a week and I have looked into many other vineyards and I haven’t seen any issues in Chambolle, Nuits, Vosne, Pernand, or in Volnay.
I have been using my phone for the latest photos, so I apologize or the lower resolution and detail.