Just this last Saturday we began 2010’s harvest for Maison Ilan. Luckily we had some help this year as we doubled our production from our first year, 2009. Let’s get to the chase and mention the quality of the fruit. First off, the fruit is amazing! Sure, as a fellow consumer I have heard the same thing that you have, ‘ask a winemaker their favorite vintage and and they will respond that it is the current vintage’. I know. But, really, with the amount of heat during the year coupled with the cold and rains of this year, I truly was hoping that there would be some balance that would be figured out on the vines. Thankfully, it seems to have worked well.
We harvested the premier crus over the weekend. No we are waiting until Wednesday to start on Charmes-Chambertin and on Friday, we will pull from Le Chambertin! There are some spots that were more damaged with rot, hail and mold this year. Though, thankfully in Morey St Denis and Gevrey-Chambertin (where we source), the fruit was of excellent quality. Of note, there was a bit of sorting to do. There was sorting to do in 2009 as well. Overall, I think the raw material has loads of potential. I’ll be sure to fill in tonight with a larger update. However, I just wanted to let everyone know that all was fine for the start of a great harvest.
Back to work for now!