Pickers and carriers are busy in the vineyard; it’s serious work, but a lot of fun.
At the winepress – 2 “Coquards” with 8-tonne sloping surfaces – large arms are busy until late at night: grape must waits for no-one!
The gleaming climate-controlled vat room is ready…
The cellar master watches over the operation: he cares for the vintages more than anything else, combining them according to grape variety and soil.
2019 was a hot year for the vineyards in the Champagne region, too, with a great need of water.
The Chardonnay grapes also benefited from the heat, ripening was exceptional, but there was risk of over-ripening; they had to work fast.
The Pinot Noir harvest is full and gorgeous…
At the end of the day, everyone gathers around the large table where we toast each other with the “juice” of some great vintages.
Thank you for your welcome, Virginie and Daniel.
Thank you for giving us this “live” experience of the harvest!