Picking begins in Burgundy, by Jason Haynes
So the 2015 harvest is now in full swing for most domaines in the Côte de Nuits and taking place in the most glorious weather.
Thanks to the warm, sunny weather ripeness has arrived in good time in the vineyards, even though some of the extreme heat and lack of rain earlier in the summer caused some vines to go on strike until normal conditions were resumed.
Despite the heat of the summer this is not a 2003. Back then many domaines had finished picking well before the end of August. There is plenty of confidence in the region for this vintage, with generally excellent, clean fruit, with little rot. For once, hail has not ravaged the area and sugar levels, whilst not low, are in keeping with the subtleties of Pinot Noir.
Having started a trend of producing some great wines in challenging growing conditions over the past few vintages, 2015 looks like it could be the second vintage in a row that gives real cause for optimism from an early stage. Once put to bed (or at least put to barrel) then we can get back to dissecting 2014, which looks to be very exciting, both for red and white.
|Beautiful grapes in Vosne Malconsorts|
|Nuits vineyards being harvested in fine weather|
|Charles Van Canneyt at the Destemmer||Sorting table at Domaine Gouges but very little to sort|