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 […]
With regards to the weather, what a crazy year we had! Moderate temperatures over winter and a warm spring meant we saw one of […]
After pressing the Savigny-lès-Beaune “Aux Fourneaux” Pinot Noir on Wednesday, I settled the wine in tank for a few days to ensure only the tastiest (and lightest) lies made it into barrel. Barreling straight from the press doesn’t allow you to select how much or what type of lies makes it into the […]
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 […]
Tomorrow we commence by picking my Pinot Noir in Aux Fourneaux. Fruit tastes great and the vines are shutting down as you can see from the leaves turning orange. Lovely phenolic ripeness so it’s time to go. I have some incredible friends from Australia, South Africa, USA and the UK who will […]
With the cooler weather we have been having we have a great opportunity to let the grapes hang and really develop some killer complexity. The problem? Grapes with mounting sugars are more at risk day by day from pourriture (rot). So we went into Pinot vineyard where a small amount of […]
Absolutely hammered down yesterday but lots of people have started vendages in Savigny-lès-Beaune — a bit early for my taste, but to each his own. The grapes have taken up water from recent deluges and my sugars have even gone backwards based on the samples I took yesterday from dilution effects.
Lovely weather today and […]
Lovely little sight in the vineyard this morning. This is the first year that my vines are being farmed organically and it has been wonderful to see a whole ecosystem develop — diversity of weeds, spiders, worms, ladybirds and now birds nesting. Not sure which species made the nest (sparrow perhaps?) but it […]
Out in the vineyards today taking samples to get a sense on the progress of the vines. While not a rigid “numbers man” when it comes to picking decisions (I base it on flavour first), it does give one a good sense on how the vines are behaving.
I take 100 berries in a […]
Burgundy bound in the afternoon on the first cheap Eurotunnel and then autoroute all the way there in the old trusty-rusty Vauxhall Corsa. We are definitely in the final stretch now with many of my neighbours in the Savigny-Pernand-Aloxe-Chorey corridor talking about starting the vendages on the 29th of August. I […]
fellow new worlders in burgundypar mark haisma
former winemaker at yarra yering and fellow australian making cracking côte de nuits
ray walker, finance industry drop out, with delicate premier cru and grand cru côte de nuits
american and fellow savigny-lès-beaune producer
domaine david clark
former formula engineer turned vine-hound
mischief & mayhem
fiona + michael ragg craft wines from up and down the golden spike in aloxe-corton. their 2009 whites are pretty special.
chris newman + jane eyre making villages, premier cru and grand cru from up and down the côte d'or.
former hollywood producer mark tarlov's aim to rival burgundy in oregon and california comes home to the motherland.
Savigny-lès-Beaune WeatherThe location could not be found.
Join the Mailing List