we’re just back from New York City. Back at home to enjoy the buildup to harvest. The weather, smells and vineyard visits will happily take a large amount of my attention away from “business”. In other words, I’m going to be getting dirty, planning harvest details, sorting equipment, as well as figuring out around 75 more details. You know, basically having fun. Taking payments is a blessing. Each client is really appreciated. But it’s a lot more fun to have people over, open up something for them and just enjoy the day with them instead of running through invoices. But, you have to keep the lights on, right?
While August is early to sell out the previous vintage, it is still a good sight slower than what we did for the 2009s and 2010s (selling out in April/May). With the 2011s, we more than doubled our production. We still don’t have a lot of any particular wines, but we now source from five (going on six in ’12) Premier Crus, and three Grands Crus. I know it shouldn’t matter if we have a lot of something but to me, it just feels right to be on a smaller scale. So, while we had a tremendous increase in production, we are nearly at full capacity at our present levels. To sell out this early, we needed a lot of support from our direct clients scattered throughout the world as well as five importers (UK, US, Denmark, Germany, and Belgium). I thank all of you for taking an interest in what we are doing here. Support doesn’t just come from those buying, it also comes from those that visit and ask questions while tasting/enjoying our wines. I appreciate you all as well.
With 2012’s harvest just right around the corner, you can count on more of the same from us. The weather has been all over the map, but the grapes, vines and leaves look beautiful. We won’t be making adjustments. Keep in mind that my thoughts on wine don’t have anything to do with thinking we are doing things “the right way”. I just like doing things in a way that I find interesting. Who knows if this will work for or against us. One thing is for sure, it’ll be an experience!