Yep, that’s me in the wooden tank doing a traditional pigeage with my feet. Traditionally one would get in naked, but modesty and since I had a good friend spotting me, I decided not to embarrass myself. Pigeage is very dangerous so NEVER do it alone! Too many people have died over the years from asphyxiation from the CO2 released including a father and son a few years back in Burgundy.

With this year being a lighter year in Savigny-lès-Beaune I really wanted to emphasise the fresh red-fruit sexiness that make Savigny so special to me so I relied mainly on remontage (taking a portion of the fermenting juice and pouring it back over the top) which is a less extractive form of fermentation management. I only did the one hard pigeage during ferment, right at the end, to release any sugars that were still inside any whole berries.

I am very happy with the results so far — the tannins are very fine and the structure is from the terroir — my vineyard borders on Aloxe-Corton and as such has a firmer body than many Savigny vineyards — rather than from being aggressive with the cap.

Décuvage is a few days away, Tuesday or Wednesday perhaps, to give the wine a few days to recover and tannins to meld before pressing. Exciting to see the wine come together!

One Response to Pigeage avec les pieds

  1. Kate Nielsen says:

    Hey Cuz, we’re so excited for you. Wish we could have been there to help harvest. Maybe next year. Patrick is hard at work seeking out the best location for Le Cafe Martiniquay – your future NYC outlet.

    Very proud of you. Lots of love.

    K et P xx

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