The harvest 2009 is over. Like in 2008 the weather conditions were great: sunny skies, 23 degrees centigrade, no wind. We have again increased our production and have harvested a large part with our own harvesting team. Of course and needless to say: all by hand and in small cases to ensure the high quality produce you expect from us.
The vintage 2009 looks very promising! After a real traditional cold winter, we had an early, good flowering season. Both spring and summer were sunny and warm. We had a few shorter periods of real hot weather, but never too long. Precipitation was excellent, nicely divided over the seasons and we fortunately had no hail storms. In short: ideal weather for a great harvest, which started three weeks earlier than in 2008.
Harvest time in special in every wine region. Tension rises for all wine growers and some of them simply can't wait to start. Even if the weather forecast is good and the grapes need some more ripening and waiting just a little bit longer would be wiser. Some others wait too long, running the risk of overripe grapes or too low acidity or of course bad weather conditions. Stress in Burgundy is hard too find, except at harvest time.
At JanotsBos we always do a so called prélèvement. We collect from the vineyards a couple of hundred grapes, press them by hand and test and taste the samples. We check sugar grades, acidity and of course the ripeness. In the best years these aspects form an optimal combination. Enough sugar is required to make a wine with the right level of alcohol. Acidity keeps the wine fresh and crispy and of course is key to preserve the wine for years to come. We at JanotsBos pay much attention to the phenolic ripeness, key to getting complex and balanced wines. In the laboratory of Meursault and in our own cellar we do the tests. For the tastings we rely on our own experience. It takes experience to judge the freshly pressed juice! Both Thierry and Richard have this experience. In the picture you see three glasses with grape juice from our vineyards constituting our Bourgogne Blanc and one glass from our Bourgogne Rouge vineyard.
As you can imagine the weather forecast is very important to determine the precise harvest dates. Just before the harvest the conditions were excellent: sunny days with temperatures ranging from 22 to 29 degrees centigrade and cold nights. We decided to start harvesting on September 8th for our (biological) Bourgogne Blanc and our (biological) Bourgogne Rouge. Our other appellations were all harvested between September 8th and September 17th.
Our harvest team, consisting of friends, family and a number of "Woodstock-adepts", worked hard. We started with three white Bourgogne vineyards, "La Combe" followed by "Les Femelottes" and on September 9th "Pré à la Dame", all situated in the famous village Puligny-Montrachet. Immediately after picking the grapes, we pressed them. When we came back to our domain for lunch on the first day, the press was already working. It's a good Burgundy tradition to provide a well prepared lunch. Unfortunately this tradition gets lost, but we stick to it. Four courses and a good glass of wine are part of it. It's fun, good for the motivation to continue in the afternoon, although it has some relaxing effect on the work force as well.... As you can imagine.
The grapes in 2009 were excellent and selection was easy. What a difference with 2008, when we had to spend hours and hours to select only the best. The high quality of the grapes made the 2009 harvest fast and easy. Already on the second day, September 9th, we started with our biological Bourgogne Rouge from the "Les Champans" in Puligny-Montrachet. In the evening we destemmed the grapes and put them in the "cuve", the first step in the making of this great red wine. Did the juice taste good, you might ask. Yes, it did. We have high expectations and will make a fantastic vintage for you.
Wines of 2009
The harvest yields in the Côte d'Or were normal, be it with local variations, e.g. due to hail storms. We managed to raise our production again. Other good news is a new appellation: Meursault "Les Bouchères" 1er cru, from a magnificent vineyard on the beautiful slope just outside Meursault. We also managed to increase the production of our Saint-Aubin 1er cru, Chassagne-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru. So we hope our stock will last a little longer. However, we advise to make reservations to be sure!
All in all we now have a very nice gamma of wines. Starting with our great Bourgogne Blanc and Bourgogne Rouge, both valued as village quality by many wine specialists. Then we have our village wines, high quality from the best known and most famous Burgundy villages: Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pouilly-Fuissé and (somewhat less known but excellent) Pernand-Vergelesses. For the most demanding customer we have our premier crus on offer: Saint-Aubin, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet.