April 7, 2017 Martine's Wines

In January of this year, we spent an afternoon with vigneron Bruno Clavelier, touring several vineyards to gain insight from the man himself about each location. We brought our company drone–MW One–along with us to provide a new perspective on these special plots of vines. Here, in our first installment of “Burgundy From Above,” we visit Bruno’s share of La Combe d’Orveaux in Chambolle-Musigny. You can view it below or subscribe and watch all our videos on our MW YouTube Channel.

January 21, 2017 Martine's Wines

Our second full day in Burgundy was another stunner, as we enjoyed the company (and wines) of our friends at Bernard-Bonin, Denis Mortet and Bruno Clavelier. It’s pretty tough to beat a day that takes you from Meursault to Gevrey-Chambertin and on to Vosne-Romanee.   Please enjoy the highlights of the day in our second video installment here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nI2W7ADvoc

October 30, 2014 Martine

At the end of September in California, I picked up the phone and started dialing our producers abroad to see what information I could gather on the progress of their 2014 harvests. Here is my report. With all the disturbing news of heavy rain and cool weather in Bordeaux, I was quite concerned about Chateau les Justices and Respide-Medeville. But according to Julie Gonet-Medeville, they harvested superb quality white grapes between September 10 and 17 this year. Picking of the reds started October 3 at Chateau des Eyrins and Respide-Medeville. It has been a long time since their harvest was in…

October 1, 2010 Martine

When I arrived in Burgundy at the end of August, no one was very cheerful. After a very cold winter, some of the vines had died, a frost had formed during flowering which greatly reduced the future crop, and a lot of millerandage occurred. Millerandage clusters at Domaine Perrot-Minot Then, after a scorching heat-wave from the end of June to mid-July, the weather turned rather cool and wet. Vineyards were stricken with mildew and odium. Everyone was hoping for a great month of September to ripen the grapes. There is a saying:  “September makes the wine…”…

October 1, 2005 Martine

In mid-June, I started to inquire about when to anticipate the next harvest.  June is the month of blooming grapes.  If temperatures are correct and there is no rain, flowering can last two weeks. However, if the temperature drops, or if it rains, then blooming will be interrupted, which will delay the maturity of the grapes, thus flowering will happen in two stages. Emmanuel Rouget, Henri Jayer’s nephew, reminded me of the white Lily prophecy.  It so happens that the Lily blooms about the same time as the vine. They are everywhere with their fragrant smell and beautiful tall flowers….