The 2022 harvest is gathering momentum and moving north. Picking whites started at the beginning of last week (with some seen harvesting as early as Aug. 19), and picked up speed on Aug. 23rd, with Domaine Leflaive beginning on Aug. 25.
In the Côte de Nuits, Arnoux-Lachaux began on Tuesday the 23rd, and many other growers started on Monday Aug. 29.
In general, quantity and quality look very good indeed, although there is some heat damage on sun-exposed grapes. Only time will show if the summer heat made its mark on the wines’ balance.
In my opinion, relatively early picking could well be the difference between very or overly generous wines, and in wines of balance and vivacity. There is plenty of sugar in the grapes, and concentration is high despite the fairly high yields.
I am not always a fan of low-yield wines, and in dense years, a higher yield is actually a good solution – for example, look at some of the white 2018s.
New Vineyards at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
Amongst the estates starting on Aug. 29 was Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, which started in Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Grandes Vignes.
On Aug. 30 there was a bit of rain – 5-10 mm around Nuits-Saint-Georges. The evening rain did not stop the harvest the following day.
The weather forecast is quite volatile in Burgundy at the moment.
Good luck to all!