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Update from Chablis, Volnay and Beaune...

Had a nice drive down to Chablis this morning – smooth sailing on the Autoroute. Lunch at Céline and Frédéric Geuguen’s was a blast. Great, simple food, fun company, and a gorgeous garden to hang out in and enjoy the afternoon – even if it was 95 degrees and rising. Yikes! Fred had just come in from a morning in the vines, and he was definitely wilting from the heat. Flowering is about to start in the next day or two in Chablis, so they are just a bit ahead of Champagne right now.

Chez Fred & Céline in Préhy

Chez Fred & Céline in Préhy

I love the Guegeun’s beautiful old stone house in the hamlet of Préhy, surrounded by vines that are now theirs. The pool looked mighty inviting today – if I didn’t have to get down to Volnay to get ready for the tour I’m leading I might have taken the plunge and spent the night in Chablis.

Lunch in the garden, Chablis-style...

Lunch in the garden, Chablis-style...

They have opened their cellar to the public for tasting by appointment, and it’s a way cool space. Their new range of wines was very impressive as I tasted through all of the 2014s with Fred. The 1er Crus were the stars, as you would expect, but I was really impressed by the Bourgogne Blanc and the Côte d’Auxerre – two very inexpensive wines that deliver huge bang for the buck. I’ll be putting together an offer on those in the next week or two, as soon as I can get a solid commitment out of Fred as to quantities we can have.

Tasting in the cellar with Frédéric Gueguen

Tasting in the cellar with Frédéric Gueguen

If possible, it was even hotter in the Côte de Beaune when I arrived this afternoon – 98 degrees and steamy. Thankfully it seems to be just a one-day thing, and we should be back into 80-85-ish days for the next week or so. Flowering has completed down here, and it was very successful – lots of good healthy bunches will now start their slow ripening towards a mid-September harvest date. We REALLY need a normal-sized crop here this year, folks. Pray to the god of agriculture of your choice, if you would. A lot of these vignerons will not survive another year of losing 50-80%...

I’m looking forward to the Beaune market tomorrow morning, and then to Champions League final tomorrow night. I’ll be at the Publican in Beaune screaming for Barcelona to win it all. Força Barça!