2009
Spraying started on 6 May for mildew caused by rain on 25 and 26 April; contamination was again relatively high this year with some severe effects on the grapes at the end of June on those vines poorly protected. Risks are particularly high in mid-July after a hot, stormy period, sometimes with very heavy storms.
Although signs of oïdium were much less serious, it remained a threat up to the end of the grape maturing stage when it could develop directly on the grapes in some minor damage it did not justify any treatment; the second wave was luckily less effective, occurring end-June when weather conditions were cool and windy, unfavourable for hatching.
Conditions in the first half of May were cool with reduced growth but with a much warmer second half, shoots gained between 2 and 4 leaves per week with the result that Chardonnay vines started to flower around 23 May for the Beaune Clos des Mouches appellation.
Flowering continued rapidly: the mid-stage is generally around 28 Mau for Chardonnay vines, 31 May for Pinot Noir and in the Hautes-Côtes, 9 June and this point in time we were 8 days ahead in relation to the average of the last 15 years and the same level as 2003.
Owing to fine weather and regular rainfull, growth progressed well with fast development of the grapes and clustters firmed up towards end June in the Côtes de Beaune and mid July in the Hautes Côtes.
On the 13 and 14 July our plots in Meloisey in the Hautes-Côtes were hit by storms with hail and heay rain (80 to 110mm depending on the area). At the same time, the first grapes started to mature in the Côtes de Beaune but were slowed down by a cooler spell up to the end of tht month.
The sun and heat returned during the second week of August allowing the grapes to mature rapidly and steadily almost to completion around 20 August; these conditions and effects on growth resulted in a daily increase of sugar content of between 4 and 5 grammes per liter.
Cooler weather and some rain between 20 August and the first days of September meant slower growth (and retarded what could have been a very early harvest) but conditions due to an anti-cyclone as from 5 September stimulated the maturing process and the increase in sugar content.
From the first checks on maturity made on 17 August it was possible to judge the degree of advancement of the crop and the almost perfect sanitary conditions of the grapes and vegetation: two further checks on 27 August and 7 September confirmed these findings and these results and tasting of the grapes enabled us to fix harvest for 10 September.
With our faithfully team, grape picking took 7 days, starting with the most advanced plots in the Beaune sector and finishing in the Hautes-Côtes.

Red wines:
Sorting was made a lot easier than the 2007 and 2008 crops because of the excellent quality of grapes and between 10 and 30% consisted in full clusters.
The alcoholic fermentation occurred after one week's maceration and the must has a very high sugar content (equivalent in natural alcohol of 13° to 13.9°GL) with the aroma of red fruit, particularly raspberry...
In order to enhance high potential of the grapes, our process of vinification is to intervene as little as possible by cap punching and pumping-over less frequently and a maceration period of 20 days on average; the wine is tasted daily to monitor the process and the vatting time.
After devatting, the wines are dark red with aromas of ripe, red and black berries, lively on the mouth and combining structure and persistence; both the degree of maturity and the well balanced quality of the grapes are advantageously shown up by the wine.

White wines:
The sanitary condition of the crop was also excellent and the grape clusters were pressed whole and easily and quickly clarified after racking for approximately 18 hours.
The must gave a high sugar content (equivalent in natural alcohol of 12.8° to 13.6° GL) with good acidity and no rectification necessary.
Both the qualité and the level of aroma are exceptional with notes of pear, mango and passion fruit.
The alcoholic fermentation in cask progressed well at controlled temperature and for one or two months depending on batches.
The wines have retained all the delicate aroma and characteristics of the grapes, attractive for their roundness and richness.

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