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Back in Portland and ready to rock...

It's great to back home, and I'm so happy with the progress we made on our documentary over the last 10 days in Burgundy. In about another 365 days we'll be finished producing Three Days of Glory. Our mission has been to capture the true spirit, the culture, the Burgundy that most outsiders never really get to see. Not to mention some great aerial shots from the drone!

Chateau des Rontets, at the top of the hill in Fuissé

Chateau des Rontets, at the top of the hill in Fuissé

The harvest ended up being of potentially superb quality, but of course the frost and hail left scant little fruit on the vines. The most amazing story to emerge from vintage 2016 is from the majestic Grand Cru vineyard of Montrachet. Six of the very top producers had so little fruit in their parcels that they could not even make a commercial quantity of wine this year. Superstars Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leflaive and Domaine Comtes Lafon have teamed up with Domaine Amiot, Lamy Pillot and Fleurot to pool all of their Montrachet grapes together, giving them enough to produce a total of 2 barrels-worth (about 600 bottles) of 2016 Montrachet. The wine will never be released for sale - each producer involved will have a few cases for their own cellars, potentially to share with top customers and friends over the years, but it will never be on the market. I imagine at some point a few bottles will end up at auctions - could be one of the most sought-after bottlings ever!

I'm looking forward to seeing you here this weekend for our annual Fall Tastings and pick-up events - lots of great bottles to taste (and to take home, of course!) Until then, a few more nice shots from the Côte last week...

Meursault Perrières - a magical 1er Cru

Meursault Perrières - a magical 1er Cru

Fabulous charcuterie plate at La Dilletante in Beaune

Fabulous charcuterie plate at La Dilletante in Beaune

Nice view over the south slope of Pommard

Nice view over the south slope of Pommard