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Wine harvest is over worldwide

Friday, October 26th, 2007

In the Northern Hemisphere most of the last wine grapes were picked by the 20th of October. I already reported on how the harvest started early. So the harvest period is about two months long.

Todd uses a PulseAir system to aerate a two ton fermenter of estate pinot noir, by Anne Amie Vineyards, OregonInside reports on the 2007 harvest season come from:

Go have a look at pictures of the impressive harvesting machine at Château Lacayot (with French captions).

Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac excellently explained how grapes are turned into wine a year ago.

It is a little early to assess the quality of the vintage. Bear in mind that vintage quality is a complex concept. Nevertheless it is possible that the quality will go down for many French wines made in 2007. (I feel this while reading a few French ‘vignerons’ report on their ‘vendanges’.)

We already know that the volumes produced will be low in many places. This is a problem for the revenues of the producers. This is not a question on the quality of the wines. The reports of low volume come from Oregon, California, France (the article is in French), Italy.

Regions which produce as much wine this year as the previous year include Bordeaux.

It is urgent that you consider making your own wine from bought grapes. Or wait for next year!

Louis Jadot, Burgundy

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Maison Louis Jadot is a négociant house, but also the owner of a considerable domaine of more than 101 acres – huge by burgundian standards. It is now owned by the Koch family (which also owns the American importer Kobrand), but for nearly 40 years Jadot has been run by the Gagey family, currently represented by Pierre-Henry Gagey.

Louis Jadot logo

The whites are made from chardonnay grapes. They are firmer and, when young, more acidic than many burgundies, but these characteristics allow them to age well.

Rich reds from pinot noir are the hallmark of the firm, whether from domaine vineyards such as Chambertin Clos de Bèze or Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques, or from its negociant wines.

Winery address:
Louis Jadot
21 rue Eugène Spuller
21200 Beaune
Phone: +33 (0)3 80 22 10 57

I’ll profile other well-known Burgundy wineries in the next weeks. Please subscribe to the Chardonnay feed or to the Pinot noir feed.