Caveau

A personally culled collection of the best of Burgundy & Grower Champagne, delivered to your door.

Caveau Selections -  from winemaker-importer Scott Paul Wright. We're specialists in the best of Burgundy and Grower Champagne, delivered to your door. Join our mailing list, sign-up for our Burgundy and Champagne Clubs, and take advantage of our exclusive pre-arrival offers. Start drinking hand-selected wines from the top artisanal producers at direct-import prices!

Harvest, what harvest?

For the first time in 17 falls, I’m not in harvest mode. Since we made the blind leap into the world of winemaking in 1999, every September-October has been consumed with sampling, picking, sorting, fermenting, punching-down, pressing and barreling-down. That non-stop blur of activity called “Crush” has been my default state of being every fall for a long time. Now having sold Scott Paul, it seems like what it must be like to become an empty-nester and have all the kids off to college. It’s like having one less person around the house. “Crush” is no longer with us – although I do get to live “Crush” vicariously through all of our producers in Burgundy and Champagne. And I’ll now have time to stop in and visit Véronique Drouhin and my other winemaker friends here in Oregon. I’m already feeling the need to get into a winery full of fermenting grapes, just to get high on the fumes, so to speak…

Chardonnay at Buisson-Charles in Meursault, getting close...

Chardonnay at Buisson-Charles in Meursault, getting close...

Harvest is already underway in Oregon – people have been picking Chardonnay for a few days now, and Pinot action will start in earnest in the first week of September in a lot of spots. This is the earliest harvest in Oregon since I’ve been around. The last time anything happened here in August was 1992, I believe. It’s going to be another early one in both Burgundy and Champagne – 2nd week of September for a lot of Burg folks and a week later or so in Champagne. Weather for the last 2-3 weeks of ripening, the most critical period of the season, has been excellent.

Pinot at Marc Roy in Gevrey-Chambertin - about a week away from harvest...

Pinot at Marc Roy in Gevrey-Chambertin - about a week away from harvest...

Patrick Essa at Buisson-Charles in Meursault reports grapes with thick skins, good overall acidity, higher in tartaric and lower in malic, and a steady maturation under warm days and cool nights. The forecast has the temperatures dropping as of Monday, so everyone should get some additional hang-time for flavor development before harvest. Alexandrine Roy at Marc Roy in Gevrey-Chambertin says she’s gearing up to start on the 4th, and it’s looking good indeed in Gevrey. I’ll be posting updates here and on Instagram & Twitter as things progress, so stay tuned…