Friday, July 20, 2007


Just an update on the vines, which are still looking good; on average the bunches are now about halfway through changing from green to black (called véraison).

Weather-wise it’s been a very strange year so far. April was hot and dry, which got the vines off to a record early start. May was wet; June was wetter. It seems close to miraculous that the vines have come through these two months without more problems. The national news is reporting how catastrophic this year will be for wine producers across France, particularly in Bordeaux; with up to 90% crop losses to mildew. Obviously Burgundy has been spared the worst and I can’t find too much to complain about. That said, it’s really the weather from now to harvest that will determine the quality and style of this year’s wines; we want 50 consecutive dry, sunny days please!


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