January 3rd, 2010, and I am back in France. My wife and I are on a TGV heading from Paris – Gare de Lyon to Beaune. With so much to do within the next few weeks, it’s nearly exhausting just planning it all. However, the excitement of it all keeps the thoughts of the details just a moment away.
This is an important trip. A trip during a bit of a chilling time of the year, with temperature just south of 0*C with some snow. We will get the keys to the house in Nuits Saint Georges on Monday. Later that day, I will start filling in the cave floor with gravel. This means renting a large truck and going over to the Comblachien quarry, using buckets to transport the gravel from the truck to the cave and spreading the stones evenly. Should be a great way to keep in shape!
We will also transfer the 2009 barrels from Saint Aubin to the cave which will mean renting an even larger truck and placing in wooden bungs for the 40 minute drive. To further ensure the wine stays cool (not too difficult in 0*C temps) by bringing the wine over around 4am. I will research moving companies and speak with more domaines that have a similar barrel transportation issue (read recent post for more info) before making the decision of how to proceed with getting the wine down the stairs. My backup is to siphon out and fill by gravity.
With my wife seeing the house for the first time in person tomorrow, and all of my precious barrels being moved around this week….wish me luck!