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2009, an early-ripening year

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The lilies are in bloom and, according to an old saying, Burgundian winegrowers know they can count on starting to pick their grapes 100 days thereafter.

It thus looks like we can begin harvesting in early September.

At the present time, fruit set has just started with Chardonnay and the flowering is just finishing with Pinot Noir. This indicates a 13-day head start compared to 2008.

At this stage, 2009 thus looks to be the second earliest vintage in the past fifteen years, just behind 2003.

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