The start of harvest here is likely to be at least another 10 to 15 days off, although if the more promising forecast for the next week is right after this week's rather unsettled weather the grapes and the noble rot could develop rapidly as rot is already present across the vineyard . According to Météo France it is due to be fine up to next Saturday (12th) with the possibility of showers on Sunday (13th) and Monday (14th). Thankfully no sign (fingers crossed) so far of the deluge of October 2012 when over 200mm of rain fell.
At the moment the most promising Baumard Quarts de Chaume vines are those above the terrasses on the more gently sloping ground as well as the vines just below the rows of very tall and green vignes larges at the western end of the terraces. There are obvious signs of a green harvest, especially on the vines of the gently sloping ground. The yield is clearly lower with fewer bunches and often better spaced out than previously. There are still vines with quite a generous yield but if vines have been used to producing a lot of grapes it will take a while to get them into balance to produce a naturally lower yield.
Given favourable weather and a careful selection Florent may well be able to make Quarts de Chaume this year without needing the assistance of cryoselection.