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Bordeaux 2014: the sun has finally arrived, some catch-up to do

The vineyards are once again busy with workers removing leaves and excess bunches of grapes (or part bunches). Now the school and work ‘rentrée’ is in sight (next week) an anticyclone has finally arrived. The long-awaited sunshine is here and predicted to stay until 10th September now at least. But there is a lot of catching up … Continue reading

Bordeaux 2014; grapes ripening slowly in cool summer sun

Apparently August ‘makes the wine’. So far it has been very changeable, wet and not much sun. Its around 24°C during the day, not the usual heat of the August sun, and the nights and mornings are cold around 10c (more like the autumn). Despite the unfavorable conditions the bunches of grapes are turning red … Continue reading