Sorry it has been a while between blog posts. Currently I am in Australia just finishing off my Bachelor of Wine Science that I have been studying towards since 2007. I have had some fascinating lectures while I have been here. One of which on the evolution of the grapevine, proposed that latest DNA research points to all white varieties came from a single vine that had two extremely rare mutations in it’s genes that changed skin colour from black to white. Boggles the mind.

Meanwhile in Burgundy, things are slowly progressing towards harvest in this crazy growing season. From an extremely early budbreak, a cold & very wet spring, and coolish Summer, we are looking at a late September-early October vendages. Speaking to “old timers” no-one can remember such a long growing season and I have never heard so much variability in conjectured harvest dates; every winemakers favourite topic of conversation after the weather. It has been a tough season with both mildeu and oidium rearing their ugly heads which haven’t helped with ripening due to impaired photosynthesis. Hail has been a violent interloper too. If you can bear it, here is a short video I took when I was in Burgundy the first week of August.

Hail storm of the 2nd of August 2012 from Andrew Nielsen on Vimeo.

For 2012, Le Grappin will hopefully make around 20-24 barrels depending on what happens between now and harvest. I may pick up one more parcel of fruit but as it stands right now we will have: –

  • Savigny-lès-Beaune blanc
  • Savigny-lès-Beaune rouge
  • Beaune 1er Cru “Les Boucherottes” rouge
  • Beaune 1er Cru “Les Grèves” blanc
  • Santenay blanc
I should be back in Savigny late next week to finally move into the new winery. I am definitely looking forward to getting settled in for a very tough harvest and seeing what we can do in the vineyards before harvest. Exciting times.

2 Responses to Vintage 2012 Update

  1. Thanks for the update. Sounds like a tough vintage.

    I hope we can arrange to meet when your wines are bottles. It’s always nice to taste wines made by top people!

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