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Nicholas feels that the saving grace of the 2013 vintage was the amount of small berries caused by millerandage. He has opted for minimum extraction but longish cuvaison. The white wines have not been stirred because they were rich enough naturally. They are expected to be bottled in December and will all be under DIAM corks, apart from the Grands Crus. The reds will be bottled during February.
Bottle 6 x 75cl5cs
Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau began picking on 17th September, the same day as in 2010, and harvested over eight days. Overall the yield was around 30 hl/ha with the lower-lying vineyards such as Bourgogne Blanc and Meursault Genevrières the least affected. Even the badly hailed vines reached maturity and there was no rot to speak of. Indeed, Jean-Baptiste has found the 2012s easy enough to handle once the grapes were picked. All the wines were racked before the new harvest, and those from Tessons upwards have been returned to barrel but with no more new wood.
Faiveley use three picking teams. Two started in the white wine vineyards on 28th September and were finished in four days. Then it was all hands to the red grapes. In general the harvest came in healthily, the hard work all year round in the vineyards paying dividends. We were once again very impressed.
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs