Bordeaux 2012

Bordeaux 2012: Abnormal conditions hold things back in the Vineyards

Rain non-stop for 3 weeks slows progress in the Bordeaux vineyards

A little sunshine breaks through the clouds at last. It has been three weeks non-stop rain which has slowed the vine growth and soaked the soil filling the water table for later use in the summer. Much better now then later during flowering when rain can cause ‘coulure’ (the flowers fall to the ground reducing the potential yield – an early ‘vendange vert’ if you like) and even worse millerandage (where the grapes stay like small green petits pois and to not ripen causing problems at the time of harvest and sorting).

So good news but frustrating for the producers to not be able to get in their vineyards to work; cultivating in between the vines, getting rid of weeds under the vines. The relatively warm and very wet conditions have met that weeds have had a field day.

Flowering should take place during the first week of June. Hopefully we will be back to normal then.


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2 thoughts on “Bordeaux 2012: Abnormal conditions hold things back in the Vineyards

  1. My understanding was that bud break was two weeks early, so presumably the cool and wet spring has simply returned everything closer to average: flowering in the first week of June should mean a mid-September start to the harvest; am I right? Isn’t this just what the doctor ordered (as long as we have a good summer)?

    Posted by Mark | May 1, 2012, 10:37 pm
  2. Hi Mark, yes that is right, all is on course so far. As you say it is the timing of the flowering and the conditions will which determine harvest date and quality. Will continue to keep you posted direct from the vineyards. Sun is now shining so the vines are growing like crazy….

    Posted by nicollecroft | May 2, 2012, 8:44 am

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