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.