Pierre-Olivier Garcia of Domaine Moron-Garcia is continuing to develop his viticulture and his baie-par-baie vinification concept. I have followed his work in the vineyards and seen the progress over the last four months.
The vines have finished flowering, so it’s (roughly) 80-100 days until harvest, estimated currently to start around September 15.
Let’s take a closer look at one of P.-O.’s favourite plots: Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Charmois, a vineyard that has been a part of the Moron-Garcia estate since 2016.
It is a very interesting plot seen in a global warming perspective as it’s cool and quite humid just below the forest.
Nuits Les Charmois
Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Charmois is a villages vineyard located above and just behind the town of Nuits itself.
It’s the northernmost plot of vineyards to the south of – or if you prefer, behind – the town (see map).
The total area of Les Charmois is 9.54 ha, one of the largest villages vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
The Garcia parcel, made up of three cadastre plots, totals 0.2707 hectares. There are two different parts: one with vines of 45-50 years’ age, and another of 65-70 years.
The editor would say this qualifies as “vieilles vignes.”
Regarding the vineyard
The photo below shows the parcel in full, located at the edge of the forest. It’s a cool place, with the Meuzin river just 25 metres below the vineyard and the road seen to the right in the photo.
The grass has been trimmed, and the biodiversity is increasing, with wild strawberries and other native plants populating the rows. This is a marked contrast to the neighbouring plots, where the soil has been ploughed and is relatively bare.
The vines have been lightly hedged and gathered within the wires, preventing them from crossing each other within the row. The tops of the vines will later be lightly trimmed to ensure optimal growing conditions and ripeness.
Like in other vineyards, flowering has almost finished in Charmois.