See what happened this month:
July has been quite dry this year. We've started the month with the last ploughing. We needed to bring some oxygen to the new plantations. In order to do that, a passage with the tractor and a tool that goes deep in the soil is used. The idea is to deeply crack the soil and bring air to the roots of the young vinestock.
On the 3rd of July, an episode of hail hit the north of the Côte de Beaune.
Our parcel of Beaune is impacted. Hopefully, for us, the damage is quite limited...
Unfortunately, it was not the same situation a few days later (July 15th) for our neighbors of the Côte de Nuits. Some of their vines has got hit pretty bad (up to 80% of loss).
Days after days, the temperatures are quite high. The vine is in advance, 2018 is one of the earliest year. Working in the growing vines is now complete and we begin to prepare the harvest.
It is also time to bottle our two "Nature" wine vintages of 2017; the Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières and the Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents Vignes. These two wines will also be bottled in a "traditionnal version" when aging in barrels will be finished.
Then, the véraison begins, the grape changes color and starts to accumulate sugar.
Now we have our fingers crossed and we hope for a beautiful August. We want this great grape potential to become very qualitative for the harvest.
Le Domaine Jessiaume