I have dropped in on a few vignerons over the last few days. Many are about to take a short break now as the work in the vineyards is finished, the grapes are starting to change colour, and vintage is on the horizon. A typical view on the Cote de Beaune, eg from Alexandre Bachelet (Bachelet-Monnot) and Dominique Lafon today, is that they are expecting to start around 25th August, but will be ready to go from 20th. Chablis wont be far behind! Exceptionally healthy vines and grapes, somewhere between a correct crop and a slightly generous one, depending on flowering, and so far no heat spikes. For most of the season there has been enough rainfall, but it feels a bit dry now, though unlikely to be an issue except for young vines in particularly dry spots.