Four days of rain has meant that even on the same vine, there is a mix of stages of flowering. Some bunches have not yet started flowering, others are almost finished and others (as in the photo above) the bunches of grapes are ‘approaching the important stage of ‘fermeture de la grappe’.
These small green berries are the future grapes. This disparity of stages means at harvest some bunches will be ripe before others on the same vine. For top quality normally we look for homogenous ripening.
Vines in warmer soils started flowering before the rains arrived and for these the difference in stages is not so apparent.