2017 has delivered a season without frost damage or hail — at least not at the Hospices de Beaune vineyards
Initial worries for possible droughts were alleviated by occasional light showers and no damaging storms.
The harvest for the Hospices began with the Pouilly-Fuissé over the weekend of 26 and 27 August, then continued in earnest with Côte de Beaune whites on Friday 1 September. The whites were mostly picked first, except Corton-Charlemagne and Saint-Romain, which needed another week. Volumes are plentiful, the sugar content is balanced — mostly around 13% — and the acidities are just right.
The reds were picked between 2 and 11 September, with the grands crus from the Côte de Nuits being brought in during the middle of this period. Yields are around 40–42 hl/ha for the reds and 48–50 for the whites: generous, yet well within the permitted maximum for the year.
Quality and quantity seem to go hand in hand this year. There was very little rot to be seen on the sorting tables and the grapes are now fermenting happily in their tanks. Winemaker Ludivine Griveau confesses that she is ‘tired but happy’.
Agathe de Saint-Céran
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