A quick scamper round the Côte de Beaune this afternoon (Thursday August 24) suggests that things are about to get under way very quickly. Arnaud Ente has already picked a plot of young vines in Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts, and will start in earnest on Saturday. The Hospices de Beaune will bring in their Pouilly-Fuissé – others have already begun there – over the weekend and the Domaine des Comtes Lafon will start on Monday.
There is a respectable white crop in volume, though quite a lot of coulure, especially in vineyards which escaped the frost last year. However last year’s frost victims in both colours have bounced back with generous crops this year.
I toured the Clos des Château des Ducs in Volnay with Frédéric Lafarge, nibbling at the grapes: they already have an encouraging degree of sugar, and the pips are maturing nicely. One very happy Fred!