The harvest 2008 is over. We at JanotsBos have worked hard this year. We managed to raise our production and we have harvested a significant part with our own harvesting team.
After a cold flowering season and a somewhat unstable summer the expectations in the Côte d'Or were not high. Fortunately the weather in September, the most important month for the maturation of the grapes, was perfect. Much sunshine gave good ripeness and dry northerly winds gave concentrated grapes. At the end of September the time was right to start harvesting. Needless to say we harvest by hand only. With beautiful sunny weather we started Saturday morning September 27th. On Monday evening September 29th we picked the last grapes. The red pinot noir grapes were of excellent quality. Harvesting was straightforward. For the white chardonnay grapes it was a different story. Careful selection was necessary. We had to select the ripe grapes from each and every bunch. Harvesting thus took more time than expected, but it was worth the trouble. The ripe grapes were excellent. They were the only ones that ended up in the winepress.
We can assure you the result is there. The freshly pressed juice was of high quality, the "lie" excellent. In the meantime the alcoholic fermentation is nearly over. It went smoothly. We're optimistic about the 2008 vintage. Our philosophy and style of making "vin de nature", expressing the terroir, will ensure another great vintage.
The harvest yields in the Côte d'Or, like almost everywhere in France, were disappointing. On average the yield is about 30% less than normal.
What about JanotsBos? Fortunately, we did fine. Of some appellations we have slightly less than in 2007, due to the lower yields. Of other appellations we have a lot more. Some appellations are new in 2008. In total we have about doubled our production. So the disappointing yields have had only a limited effect on us.
In 2008 we have an equal quantity or slightly less compared to 2007 of the following appellations:
Santenay 1er cru
Saint-Aubin 1er cru
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru
See vintage 2007 for more information.
The new appellations or appellations of which we have raised our production are:
Bourgogne Blanc 2008
Our Bourgogne Blanc grapes are from four different (biodynamical) vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet: "les Bluzes", "les Champs Perriers", "les Combes" and (of course like in the previous years) "les Femelottes". It's going to be a great wine, worthy of a classification like "petit Puligy-Montrachet" or "petit Meursault". We managed to more than double the production compared to 2007.
Bourgogne Rouge 2008
In 2008 we've harvested for the first time a red wine. It's a great Bourgogne Pinot Noir from the biodynamical vineyard "les Champans" in Puligny-Montrachet. Puligny-Montrachet is renowned for its white wines, but we will prove a Bourgogne Rouge tout court can be of high quality as well.
We've more than doubled the production of our Meursault. It's from different biodynamical vineyards such as "Les Tillets". Of course we've also grapes from "Les Grands Charrons" and "Les Pelles", like in our Meursault 2005, 2006 and 2007.
For the many fans of the Puligny-Montrachet 2006 there is good news: it's back. The grapes are from three different vineyards, "les Nosroyes", "les Reuchaux" and "la Corvée des Vignes".
New in our range and for the first time a wine from the Macon, is the famous Pouilly-Fuissé.