Burgundy closes down during August as the growers take some rest before the upcoming harvest, yet this is still a nervous time.
It is already clear roughly when the picking will start (very early September for the Côte de Beaune, a week later for the Côte de Nuits, but everybody has half an eye on being ready to start earlier if need be), and that the yields should be at least acceptable, but there is still time for storms to intervene.
Currently though, the vineyards are looking just fine (unless you live in the sector of Beaujolais that was very heavily damaged on 10th July: a swathe from Regnié and parts of Morgon through Fleurie and Chiroubles to Moulin à Vent and Chenas). Veraison – when the grapes change colour, usually a month before they fully ripen – is happening in the Côte de Beaune and there are plenty of bunches on the vines, something of a relief after the significant shortfalls of 2012, ’13, ’14 and especially ’16. Fingers crossed for a happy and healthy harvest.