There comes a moment in a vine’s life when it is time to go. As a vine ages it produces fewer grapes. For sure better more concentrated juice from ‘les vielles vignes’ but at around 60 years of age the amount produced starts to become uneconomical whilst the cost of its maintenance remains the same; pruning, fertiliser, spraying, ‘effeuillage’, green harvest…
Either an entire vineyard plot is somewhat brutally uprooted, as in the photos below, or as the vines die a natural death, they are pulled out and a baby vine is planted. The only problem with this method is that there is a disparity of ripeness in the same vineyard. In the vineyards of Ausone for this year’s harvest, I noticed that the vine’s grapes were harvested step by step according to their age!
A new beginning….
Baby grafted vines planted in November in St Emilion
Baby vine plantation at St Etienne de Lisse, St Emilion