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When you're expecting nothing...

... even a meager something seems like a triumph. That's pretty much the story of harvest 2016 so far here up and down the Côte. The killer frost and the violent hailstorms that decimated the crop early in the spring left the vignerons with little hope for anything resembling a commercially viable crop this year. They were looking at a 60-90% loss - 100% in some sectors - and then had to fight a wet and difficult growing season rife with rampant mildew attacks.

In the end, a bit of a miracle. There was more fruit than expected, and the blessing of a sunny and hot late August and September brought the small crop to excellent ripeness by the time harvest began in the last week of September. There is still scant little wine being made here this year, but at least quality will be good. Staying afloat will be a different story for a number of cash-strapped producers, however. The reckoning will come in 2018 when there will be hardly anything to sell when the 2016s are ready for release. It will not be pretty, that much is for sure.

Alexandrine Roy, happy with the beautiful fruit in her tanks in Gevrey-Chambertin

Alexandrine Roy, happy with the beautiful fruit in her tanks in Gevrey-Chambertin

Filming has been going really well this week as we continue on our quest to capture the true spirit of Burgundy for our documentary Three Days of Glory. The weather, beautifully sunny and cool, has cooperated nicely. We've been able to get the drone up for some great footage over Meursault, Pommard, Vosne-Romanée and Fuissé...

Still photo from aerial footage over the village of Fuissé in the Mâconnais

Still photo from aerial footage over the village of Fuissé in the Mâconnais

We've really been able to capture Burgundy at it's best. In our previous round of filming here we saw only a couple hours of sun over two weeks. It's amazing what a little blue sky can do...

The stunning Hôtel Dieu in Beaune, built in 1443

The stunning Hôtel Dieu in Beaune, built in 1443

David Baker, flying the drone at Chateau des Rontets, with winemakers Fabio & Claire Gazeau-Montrasi

David Baker, flying the drone at Chateau des Rontets, with winemakers Fabio & Claire Gazeau-Montrasi

We've also managed to eat fairly well. This is from a great lunch at l'O des Vignes in Fuissé

We've also managed to eat fairly well. This is from a great lunch at l'O des Vignes in Fuissé

A great aerial shot of the Clos Varambon vineyard at Chateau des Rontets

A great aerial shot of the Clos Varambon vineyard at Chateau des Rontets

We're filming more interviews and exterior footage over the next couple days, and then I'm excited to be heading home for our annual fall tastings and Club pick-up parties! Stay tuned for all the action to come...