No sooner had I got back to London from Australia it was off to Burgundy for harvest. While we have had an extremely tough growing season we have been blessed with a dry and moderate August and first week of September. There is an old timers expression here – “September makes the harvest”. […]
My vision for Le Grappin has always been to find underappreciated plots that can tell an interesting story. I am much more excited by making wine from these relatively unknown and less famous spots along the Côte d’Or than with their more celebrated brethern. While I was in Savigny-lès-Beaune on my latest trip […]
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 […]
At this time of year the direction of where the weather is coming from is all important. With grapes ripening, we love it when it comes from the North, which bring cool and dry winds with mid 20ºC temperatures. If it comes from the South however, it is accompanied by hotter days (late […]
Old Mama Nature – you never can trust her! What started out as one of the warmest and driest Springs has turned into a wet and cool July. Some areas of the Côte d’Or have gotten some pretty hefty amounts of rain the last couple of weeks to month (Meursault with […]
Last week a powerful thunderstorm swept through Savigny-lès-Beaune. For us vignerons we got lucky as the storm missed the vineyards but it came right up the main road leading into the village. A direct lightning strike to the roof of a house on rue Général-Leclerc caused it to catch fire (see […]
Finally we are getting some nice solid rain — just at the right time. Up until now it has been the driest spring since 1976 and with the vines three to four weeks ahead of schedule, it was beginning to worry me that the vines […]
Even during (or perhaps due to) a season such as 2011, hail is always a threat and a constant cause of sleepless nights in Burgundy especially around flowering. So guess what? Hail strikes! The photo here was taken just outside my cuverie in Savigny-lès-Beaune last Friday. From the looks of the vineyards we […]
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.
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