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Live from Burgundy - harvest update 9-10-17

Sundays are always eerily quiet in France, but right in the thick of the harvest it's a different story all together. Action continued hot and heavy everywhere today, with a lot of our producers planning to finish up in the Côte de Beaune over the nest 2-3 days, and some folks here are already done, as we've seen the harvest Paulées beginning in Meursault, Volnay and Pommard.

Thiébault Huber and crew with some gorgeous fruit headed for the winery...

Thiébault Huber and crew with some gorgeous fruit headed for the winery...

Today was the first chance I had to get up to the Côte de Nuits, where in the last few days massive picking has happened. Virtually all the Grand Crus were pretty much fully picked out - La Tâche, Romanée-Conti, Musigny, Bonnes Mares looked to be all done. There was a parcel or two of Romanée-St. Vivant still hanging, and the DRC crew was picking one of their pieces of Richebourg as we cruised by this afternoon. We saw one crew in action in Clos de Bèze, but the rest of the Gevrey Grand Crus also looked to be done. Hundreds of crews were in action in every village, with most people picking their Village and Bourgogne parcels today.

It's not every day you get to see the DRC crew picking Richebourg

It's not every day you get to see the DRC crew picking Richebourg

Sophie Meunier-Confuron says they'll finish everything tomorrow or early Tuesday at the latest at J-J Confuron. Perfect picking weather today - sunny and cool - had all the crews out working long days to bring in as much as they can under ideal conditions. Tomorrow looks great as well, so we may see lots of folks bringing in the last of the '17 fruit in the next two days.

The literal fruits of their labors...

The literal fruits of their labors...

Got in a nice 10K run this morning, from our apartment in Beaune out through the vines and into Pommard and back. Ran into Caroline Parent and her dad François overseeing the crew picking their Beaune les Boucherottes this morning - stopped for a second to kiss everyone on both cheeks and then continued the run. Then saw Thierry Violot-Guillemard gunning his 4x4 through the streets of Pommard on the way to his cuverie. Burgundy is, at the end of the day, a small town...

Daughter Pirrie is picking Pommard Clos du Colombier with the Huber-Verdereau crew today, and will surely be one tired girl when she goes to school tomorrow in Beaune with Thiébault's daughter Clara. Martha also got into the action with secateurs in hand - what a trip! Have we really only been here 4 days? The non-stop adventure continues, stay tuned...

MIss Martha in the Clos du Colombier

MIss Martha in the Clos du Colombier