Harvest 2011 will be here in just a moment. By the looks of scanning a few websites, it feels as though harvest threatens to be here tomorrow. Alas, we are still looking quite green in the vineyards, with no color change shown in any of the vineyards which I checked on today. Any moment now, the grapes will soften a bit, and flecks of red will move in, deepening, and remind of just how much more beautiful the region’s vineyards can be with only the slightest suggestion of color. As it turns out, while the days seem to crawl early in the growing season, the last months leading to harvest seem to move at a consistently increasing pace, until you find yourself in the moment, doing your best to execute and modify your strategy as the logistics of harvest do not care one bit for your best laid plans.
With this in mind, I have begun to finalize harvest preparations. Just today, I confirmed my last fruit increase for the harvest. This is to say that everything that I brought on this year is fruit that I plan to have in the future – these are no one shot deals. Today I added 3 barrels worth of grapes for Le Chambertin from my same source as before. This brings my totals (providing a full harvest) to:
Le Chambertin Grand Cru 5 bbls
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru “Aux Charmes Haute” 7 bbls
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Les Chaffots” 5 bbls
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “Monts Luisants” 5 bbls
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Corbeaux” 2 bbls
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes” 2 bbls
Volnay 1er Cru “Les Robardelles” 5 bbls
Looking at the list above, I think that I will be taking a huge break from taking on any new sources for a while, unless it is is special. The goal, of course is not to have a lot of cuvées, but to work with special grapes and to preserve as best I can what makes them unique. This is a very tall order which I hope that I can live up to. Having a control of as much as I can requires a small production scale. Taking the fruit sources that I have has been done with the understanding that I am working inside of truly tiny, heavily allocated space (see:garage). If nothing else, it will be fun!