I left for Burgundy in mid-September, but the grapes were far for being ripe. Wineries were on stand-by. Even the area of Pouilly-Fuisse, always first to harvest, picking did not start until September 26.
So I took the opportunity to barrel-taste the 2011 Domaine Leroy and the wines were stunning.
Dominique Cornin was disappointed with the quantity but not the quality, which in my view is most important. His son Romain has joined him, and Dominique has acquired more vineyards, which allows him to still have enough crop to survive.
The areas of Beaune, as you may know, were devastated by a terrible hailstorm, leaving a meager harvest in Volnay and Pommard. Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault survived better. But overall, this is another small harvest and that puts a lot of stress on the wineries.
While the Burgundians were finally grape-picking, I was in the Douro Valley filming their harvest that started at the usual time in mid-September. In order to get more sugar, the wineries waited as long as they could, looking at the cloudy skies with anxiety. For table wines, Dirk Niepoort decided on better acidity and less sugar. His red wines were fantastic, but Port will not be a declared vintage. It rained off and on for an entire week.
Tags: 2013 Vintage, Burgundy, The Burgundy Report