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Vendanges 2016


Millésime Bio 2016

Harvest 2015

Flowering early and quick, Summer hot and sunny, no diseases, what winemaker wouldn’t dream of such a beautiful picture. We started picking on the 3rd of September, confident and serene in exceptional weather conditions. The grapes were magnificent and on the triage table, as we watched the perfect procession go by, we were all smiling.
The level of ripeness and overall health of the grapes allowed us a very gentle vinification.
At the time of this writing, we’re only at the early stages of the élevage, but from several tastings of each of the different cuvées, we get the impression that this is an exceptional vintage.

Harvest 2014

Mild Winter, fair Spring, moody Summer which went up and down like a yoyo… nature’s having a difficult time finding its way.
Towards the end of June we had a hail storm, and although we thought our last hour had come, it was less painful than in previous years. Violent, short and harsh, it lasted 3 minutes. For the vines involved, this was quite an ordeal, and it certainly took some time to get over and use its strength to concentrate on véraison.
The simply magnificent month of September allowed us to bring in a harvest under very good conditions starting on the 14th of the month.
And finally after this series of difficult vintages, the cellars are full and we find our spirits recovering. Tasting these freshly-barrelled wines is really a pleasure. Despite the fact they taste quite young, the wines have a magnificent aromatic structure, with fine tannins and will certainly be full of nice surprises.

Millésime Bio 2014

Harvest 2013

Again and again and again the arduous weather makes for only a very small harvest.
A wet spring, late flowering, consistent threat of mildew, not something to celebrate. But a great summer ............... which warmed our hearts and dried the land.
But then came the hailstorm that devastated 1700 hectares of vineyards from Savigny les Beaune to Monthelie. Between 20 to 30 minutes of small hailstones, coupled with a strong wind, and once more our resolve was tested. Depending on the vineyard, there was between 30 to 100 % loss.
But with a great team of pickers, we picked up the buckets and clippers on October 2 and harvested what remained. Although some cuves remained depressingly empty, we were pleased with the quality and healthy state of the grapes nonetheless. All wines will now be vinifying in their barrels for the next several months.
While awaiting the 2013’s, we will be ready to start selling the 2011’s in December; a charming vintage with plenty of crisp, fleshy fruit.
In a few weeks we return to the vineyards to start pruning, and like the vines, our daily lives will adjust to the rhythm of shorter and cooler days ...... all the while providing some respite to think , reflect , daydream.

Millésime Bio 2013

Harvest 2012

The 2012 Harvest
A tough year.....
When your occupation depends upon climatic conditions, it can turn out to be very painful. You have to be prepared to deal with the consequences. 2012 played with our nerves..... Spring frost, a small crop, a poor fruit set, mildew..... that's already a lot; however.....On June 30th a hailstorm hit Monthelie. In just a few minutes, catastrophe: 70 - 80% loss on an already small crop. And that's not all: August's heatwave burned many clusters which were exposed to the setting sun.
It's a year where we worked unreasonably hard for a such a meager harvest. The almost constant humidity in the Spring kept us from plowing, which allowed the grass and flowers in-between the vines to really take root. When we finally were able to work the soil the job was titanic.
Despite all of this, we put in our best efforts for the harvest, which began on the 20th of September:
- a smaller team, easier to manage
- good organisation, honed over many years
- hard work and team work
- good meals, to comfort in the convivial moments, all this with unpredictable and often-changing weather.
In the winery, gloom dominated and the atmosphere wasn't really so much fun. Three tanks are full of red grapes instead of typically ten in an average year. The only positive note to the story is the quality, which is exceptional. Soft tannins with charm and elegance, a certain richness ....... a striking and luminous vintage, which helps to give back our smiles.

Débardage

During the winter, we organised with the Hippotèse association a horse-drawn lumber clearance in our Rully vineyards. Around the 1er cru Rully Meix Caillet, this small vineyard hemmed in by the mountain, we needed to make some breathing space. Thanks to some horses, workers and good organisation, the job was done.

More details about Hippotese

Harvest 2011

















Weather – when you try ! ….
After a good, true Winter - the ones that we like because it lets the earth rest and renew itself - the Spring was then out of the ordinary. What is good for us is the same for nature which basked in the sunshine.The mild weather in March and April, and the plentiful sunshine, really woke the vines up and it was because of this that the buds started to appear before Easter.
For us wine growers, there was to be no respite – we had to get on with it. We had to finish pruning, remove the wood, and straight afterwards tie up the vines to the supports, debud and all the work of the summer. The precociously early flowering let us predict a grape harvest at the end of August - two or three weeks earlier than in a « normal » year. We had to get ourselves going ! That's exactly what we did.
A dry year is really good for vines. The work is easy, diseases almost non-existent : a good year for « being biological ». The July rain was good for the soil and the vines, which despite everything started to need some water. But needing just a little, rather too much fell. Then, on the 12th July, a terrible hailstorm battered our vineyards at Rully, wiping out in 12 minutes some 70% of our Pinot Noir and 50% of our Chardonnay.
How sad it all was ! The vines became stressed, and despite the care we provided by way of our « French green clay » and « arnica » it would need some weeks for them to regain their normal rhythm. Nevertheless, the healing process took place and the affected grapes managed to dry out. The weather rather half-heartedly allowed the maturing process to do its work.

The grape harvest
So it was because of all this that on Monday, 29th August at 8am, we gave the first cuts of the sécateurs. This year we started with Monthélie. The weather was good, dry and very sunny. After a little cool period, we reached 29-30 degrees. The forecast rain showers never materialised ; we didn't complain about that.
The team were great and the atmosphere very friendly. Each day the meals were more lively, the evenings longer and the nights shorter, but the pickers carried on their work with enjoyment and good humour. They could almost have all been our children. Even if sometimes we had to encourage them a little, we loved to pamper them and to give them nice nibbles to eat. We had three celebrations during the harvest, one of which was our 28th wedding anniversary – an evening full of emotion, fêted in song with a bottle of Monthélie Premier Cru 1983, an absolute marvel.
For those who passed by our cuverie, to help out a little or out of simple curiosity, we were delighted to explain a little about our work. Communicating our passion, isn't that one of the priorities of our craft ? The grape harvest at Rully was more difficult. We had to do a good deal of sorting, especially with the Pinot Noir. We couldn't put the grapes dried our by the hail into the fermenting vat. We hired a vibrating table which worked to remove these dry grapes. The fermentations went very well. Despite the rather average level of maturity, we kept a proper equilibrium. On the 19th of September we drew out our last cuvée, « Le Clou des Chênes ». The cuverie then got ready its winter clothes and will hibernate for several months.

Harvest 2010

This year, the grape harvest began on September 17th and ended on the 23rd, that is 7 days of harvest. A good team of around thirty people helped with the harvest. The weather was clement but fresh and allowed us to gather the grapes under very good conditions. The quality is good, but the quantity remains limited.

Saint-Louis 2010

The St Louis' Society of mutual help, is a society of mutual aid. Created in 1847, it gathers together today some wine growers who are anxious to make the traditions continue. When a wine grower is incapacitated by serious illness or by an accident, this society of mutual aid takes care of the work of his vineyards until the harvest.
The feast of Saint Louis, its Patron saint, is celebrated near August 25th. It is an opportunity for a gathering, a parade and a good get-together. St Louis' statue is passed on from wine grower to wine grower.
And so in August 2010, Eric and Dominique de Suremain received the statue from Jacky and Véronique Clerget. At the conclusion of this cremony, a hundred of people gathered for a big banquet in the village hall.

Harvest 2009