I’m still in Florida but the good news from Sauternes is that the harvest is now well under way in good conditions. Aline Baly at Chateau Coutet just sent us some photos and this bang-up-to-date report on the harvest progression:
Friday morning was our first tries in the parcels of Chateau Coutet. The morning was very fruitful, with ripen grapes beautifully concentrated (in terms of sugar but also aromas) by the botrytis cinerea. The afternoon rounds clearly communicated to us that we were in need of some humidity — the grapes are gold but still waiting for the fungus to take hold. The weekend weather did not deliver the forecasted rain — we had to wait until Monday. Tuesday morning I was greeted by the sun, a perfect counterpart to the previous day’s humidity. Today is Wednesday and we are again lucky to enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures. The team of 70 pickers are out combing the parcels for the precious Noble Rot.
Chateau Coutet is situated right in the middle of Barsac, producing stunning 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes.