1) One thing that has become quickly evident is the excellent quality of the harvest this year, with many likening it (and possibly outdoing) the success of the 2015 harvest.
2) Over the weekend, the region experienced some rain and the tactics to combat this divided many producers. Some opted to pick early, in order to avoid the damp spell, but risk ripeness and maturity problems. Meanwhile others, including many of the top estates, have chosen to gamble and hold out for more sunshine this week, in order for the grapes to reach full maturity.
Notes from the domaines
Charles Lachaux, of Arnoux Lachaux, began harvesting last Friday, 1st September, with his 1er Cru Reignots, in Vosne Romanee. Despite being the first of Vosne Romanee to begin picking, he was happy with the level of acidity to continue, and is particularly pleased with the size of this year’s yield.
Arnoux Lachaux picker in “Basse Maizieres”
Cecile Tremblay started her harvest yesterday, 6th September, with her 1er Cru Beaumonts in Vosne-Romanee. She is pleased with both the quality and quantity so far.
Cecile Tremblay sorting grapes
Domaine de la Romanee Conti began yesterday, 6th September also, with La Tache and hope to be quickly in order to move onto La Romanée Conti.
DRC pickers in La Tache
– Lucy Kelly