We will be picking Charmes-Chambertin “Aux Charmes Haute” on Wednesday, seven barrels worth.
Mazoyères ou Charmes (on the road next to Latricières-Chambertin, as opposed to by the R.N.74) will be a day or two after, seven barrels worth.
Le Chambertin will be after September 10th, should be five barrels worth, with two barrels worth of Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Corbeaux” coming a day earlier.
When picking, we use 50 liter cases. I use these to collect picked fruit, to throw discard stems and fruit into, and to collect de-stemmed fruit before dumping directly into the fermentation tanks. Some of these can get fairly heavy, especially in a vineyard with tiny berries since you have much more skin to juice. This year, I was more active in helping during the pick. I could write a fair amount about the experience, maybe once things settle down. In short, being in these vineyards is always special, but being there with all of the harvest crew, hearing the conversations, jokes and songs while seeing the vineyard offering the fruit for the year, it is something that really makes you know that you are alive. To see the cycle, its nothing short of amazing.
Here are the case counts so far, in the order that they were picked:
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Monts Luisants” 77 cases picked – just a little more sorting to do than in Volnay, pretty fruit
Volnay 1er Cru “Les Robardelles” 59 cases picked – harvest crew was impressive, tossed away 4-5 lightly filled cases since the quality was so high. Tiny berries
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Les Chaffots” 77 cases picked – healthy amount of botrytis here,the sorted fruit was gorgeous,mid size berries,tasted most ‘complex’
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes” 21 cases picked – best looking fruit to date, threw out less than a case while taking a very long trying to find any work to be done…didn’t find much
Not to alarm anyone, there was a larger count of ladybugs this year. Not much more than 2009, but 2010 had almost none. Acid impression seems to resemble 2010, but with more dense flavors. Millerandages is a bit more than in 2010, a lot more than 2009. Almost no caterpillars compared to the abundance found in 2010. Weather on the pick dates this year were much drier and tamer than in 2009 and 2010, including less wind than in the others.