A Letter From Burgundy

June 26, 2012

Tadpole Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Lesley @ 16:35

For those that are interested our tadpoles have turned into lovely little frogs and are leaving the pond for the summer. We are finding them all over the garden! We wish them “bon voyage” and look forward to a safe return.

Honey and Wine

Filed under: Bees,Food,Honey,Uncategorized,Wines and vines — Lesley @ 16:14

Nearly the end of June and as ever we are amazed by the rate of growth on the vines. How they can go from gnarled stumps (ceps) or twigs to full blown vines with baby grapes on in just a few weeks never ceases to amaze us.

April Vines


After some more rain and some more sunshine……



Three weeks later after even more rain and some more sunshine……



What does the weather hold in store for us this Summer and will 2012 go down as one of the best years for wine in Burgundy? There is many a viticulteur who would love to know and probably even more who think they know!

As we all know the weather plays its part but the terroir is so significant. A few weeks ago we were tasting in the Cote de Nuits area and there were wines from three different plots all within 100 metres of each other, the same method of production was used but the taste and pricing of the wines was extremely varied, more so than we could possibly have imagined!

We also love honey and buy it from local markets but preferably from Max Westby at nearby Sully:  www.mieldesully.fr

Recently we received a phone call from some friends to say they had a swarm of bees and did we want to come over and watch Roy, who is keen to to get a second hive up and running, try and contain the swarm.

Waiting for the bee keeper

The swarm in the picture above and below Roy getting the bees into a box ready for transporting to their new home.


Also in Pommard, at one of the apartments we manage, there was another swarm of bees but this time it was not very big and they did not wait around for anyone to come and relocate them!



Roy’s bees were successfully relocated after a quiet night in the cave and last week we had a bee party to celebrate the new hive with honey cake, mead and honey bee “butterfly” cakes.


Sometime we would like to venture into the world of bee keeping ourselves but looking at the huge number of dandelions we had in the orchard this Spring I can only wonder what our honey would taste like in comparison with other local honey producers!?