1 February, 2022
1,100 bottles of »Les Vrilles« and 4,000 bottles of »Le Rayon Blanc« are being bottled. »Les Doyennes« and a sweet wine (800l) will be bottled much later, the sweet one quite possibly only in a few years; the oxidative one we’ll bottle by hand next Saturday. In the afternoon, for almost two hours, I measure the density and temperature of the liquids in the 23 barrels that contain the 2021 vintage. I’m also supposed to taste the contents of each barrel and note any abnormalities. Mine, number 8, is tasting great (see below). But it’s not completely dry, i.e. fermented to the end. I then fill the barrels with wine, to minimize oxidation, and wash them with hot water. At night, in bed, I watch a few German pruning videos on YouTube, but they don’t give me any insight.