2014 Burgundy grape harvest!
We’re off! The grape harvest started today in a few areas and will be in full swing by early next week. Today the grapes are being picked for the Cremant de Bourgogne (the sparkling wine produced using the champagne method). To make any sparkling wine the grapes need to be slightly under ripe so that the acidity level is quite high. This acidity is then balanced out by the addition of sugar in the fermentation process in order to produce carbon dioxide and bubbles!
For the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it’s best to wait for the grapes to be at perfect maturity, so this lovely indian summer has been very beneficial for the grapes. After 3 successive vintages of small yields, this year we can at last rejoice in a good healthy crop. The sugar/acidity balance is looking good, and the warm sunny days and cool nights have helped to ward off disease.
The picking should take about 10 to 15 days in all, and the fields are filling up with people, baskets and tractors in this most exciting time of year – the culmination of many months of work, hope and prayer! All being well, we are looking at a very nice vintage.
MISS PINOT NOIR
Thanks once again to the amazing Miss Pinot Noir !