Yields for Pinot Noir are certainly lower perhaps averaging around 35-40 hl/ha but it is difficult to tell precisely until the juice has been run off the skins (décuvage). I was told that the Burgundians have found this year that their red yields of are considerably lower than they had thought.
Picking in Sancerre started during the latter part of the week beginning Monday 7th September. The Ban des Vendanges was on Wednesday 9th.
Many had already finished picking when we arrived last Thursday including Vincent Pinard, Alphone Mellot (finished in Sancerre – now picking in the Côtes de la Charité), François Crochet and Thierry Véron (Chavignol). Others including Mathieu Delaporte (Domaine Vincent Delaporte) were due to finish Friday, while some estates like Domaine Vacheron and Lucien Crochet will finish Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week. I imagine that by Friday 2nd October the 2015 harvest will effectively be over.
Of the producers I saw Pascal Joulin (Domaine Michel Vattan, Maimbray) was the least advanced. Pascal had started on Monday 21st and by the end of the week was about a third of the way through. When I saw him on Friday he was keen to push on as it was misty and humid with the temperature on Thursday night not dropping below 13˚C. However, now that the wind has turned away from the West to the North East and the sun has come out he should be less worried.