Yay! Yay! Can you hear us all the way from Burgundy? We are jumping up and down with excitement. With only a few weeks until the harvest begins in Burgundy, we are thrilled to announce that our first wine of the 2013 vintage will be a Gevrey-Chambertin Village!
The appellation of Gevrey-Chambertin is located at the northern end of the Cote de Nuits and is known for its exceptional and prestigious Pinot Noirs. With 9 Grand Cru and 26 Premier Cru spread over the west side of the RN 74 ( Route Nationale) we like to think our village grapes are in good company. Soils in this area are red and chalky laced with marl and limestone which has been washed down from the combe (valley) of Lavaux over centuries. This unique terroir produces elegant and velvety wines with a rich body and structure derived from the minerals, fossils and marl of the soil.
The grapes we will be harvesting come from the lieu-dit (named parcel) of “Baraques” which is located in the north of Gevrey-Chambertin. This lieu-dit is small at only 1.94 ha and the section we have been allocated will give us the opportunity to produce 7 to 8 barrels of wine! The average age of the vines are around 35 years old, so not quite vielles vignes, but getting there. The grapes look absolutely beautiful and are in perfect health with no mildew or odium problems. After tasting a few grapes on our walk through the vines they are starting to sweeten up nicely but need a few more weeks until they are perfect. We will continue to watch their maturity closely and expect to be harvesting in the beginning of October.