Domaine Daniel Dampt
Daniel Dampt, owner in 1st Growth Chablis Côte de Léchet, on Wednesday 26th August 2020, one day before his picking started. Chablis was lucky in 2020, receiving much needed rain in early August, to help grapes mature and swell. Some sun-burnt bunches, see 2nd picture, but these did not affect fine quality in prospect.
Domaine Henri Magnien
Charles Magnien delighted with small berries, very healthy bunches, being separated out for whole-bunch fermentation. He started in Corton on 25th August 2020, then in Ruchottes-Chambertin, Estournelles St. Jacques and Champeaux 1st Growths. In the second picture, leaves were still green, with bunches healthy in Cazetiers, where picking started on 27th August.
The Domaine Pavelot team, including Lise Pavelot’s son, Marcelin (right), receiving grapes from Pernand-Vergelesses Île des Vergelesses 1er Cru on first day of the harvest, picked into traditional wicker baskets.
Luc Pavelot started picking on Saturday 22nd August 2020 on two reds then stopped & waited a week for these immaculate Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru sous Frétille grapes to ripen. Final picking (Aligotés from Pernand hillsides) were gathered on Saturday 5th September.
Domaine Christian Moreau
Christian Moreau in Grand Cru Les Clos vineyard, showing lovely Chardonnays. Plus view from Les Clos across Chablis to Les Vaillons hillsides
Domaine Yvon Clerget
Thibaud Clerget was an early starter, picking Volnay Caillerets and Clos du Verseuil prior to Sat. 22 Aug., with Clos Vougeot & Pommard Rugiens the following week, to complete the reds, with Meursault Chevalière at end.Grapes so healthy many whole bunches have gone into his Corton and Clos Vougeot.
Boudier picked his reds between 25th-28th August, then Corton-Charlemagne on 2nd September. Despite crops of the reds being down, Chardonnays are more plentiful, like these beautiful Pernand-Vergelesses blanc grapes.
Benoît Riffault and Emilie Boudot in charge of wine-making at Etienne Sauzet more than happy with the lovely health and balance of their Chardonnays from Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne. They started picking on 22 August, one day earlier than in 2003, another heat-wave year. Acidities are much better in 2020, they are delighted to note.
Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg
Vosne-Romanée La Colombière bunches in perfect condition, both in the tub and on the sorting table for partial whole bunch vinification. At Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin, Echézeaux and Nuits Chaignots ripened first, then came the Vosnes, Chambolle Feusselottes, and finally Clos Vougeot.
Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley
Thomas Bouley very happy with tiny berries, and healthy bunches. As ever here, there will be careful fine-tuning of % of whole cluster in each cuvée, here the Pommard Frémiets will be 70-80% not de-stemmed. He’d been hopeful of normal-sized crop, but no rain in July and August put paid to that hope.
Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard
Joannès Violot-Guillemard with a vat of 100% whole bunch Volnay-Frémiets this year – no need to de-stem anything.