August 27, 2014

Just when you think a domaine could not have any more barrels, more are revealed in hallways and hidden lower cellars which need to be prepared for the upcoming harvest.  Both Wednesday and Thursday consisted almost entirely of barrel work.  To my surprise there was even a venerable 1983 barrel still in service!  After work on Wednesday, I discovered another tasting room across the street from my house which featured wines from three Volnay premier cru vineyards which I had not tried: Les Ronceret, Les Brouillards, and Les Santenots (actually in Meursault, but considered a Volnay wine).  All three were quite different from the wines I had tried yesterday—suggesting that there might be something to the terroir/lieu-dit project I am investigating.

After work on Thursday I decided to collect some first-hand information by taking a look at the soils and rocks in some of the vineyards whose wines I had been enjoying.  First glances at the soils and limestones of Clos des Chenes, Les Caillerets, and Taille Pieds premier cru vineyards along with vineyards not considered premier cru suggests that there is quite a bit of variability (red, brown, white soils).  I also took in lovely views of neighboring villages Meursault and Monthelie along with some hot air balloons which added to the peaceful, Burgundian winescape.

I was quite pleased that today was sunny from dusk till dawn (a first since I’ve been here) which allowed my laundry hanging outside my house to dry properly…  it also allowed for views of Mount Blanc in the distance—gorgeous!

Neighboring town of MonthelieWelcome to Volnay!14th Century Church in Volnay    DSC_0193 Pinot noir from Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru Vineyard Limestone from Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru Vineyard Volnay Ronceret Premier Cru Vineyard in center of photo Limestone in Volnay Taille Pieds Premier Cru Vineyard Pinot noir Volnay Taille Pieds Premier Cru Vineyard My place of work

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