Leaf plucking time in the Bordeaux vineyards

The 'effeuillage' or leaf plucking period is upon us in the vineyards of Bordeaux. The leaves that surround the young bunches of grapes are removed on the side of the morning sun (Northern or Eastern side of the vines) to improve air flow and exposure to the sun's rays. Only this one side of the … Continue reading Leaf plucking time in the Bordeaux vineyards

2012 Vintage Bordeaux – mix of stages at flowering

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 … Continue reading 2012 Vintage Bordeaux – mix of stages at flowering

2008 Bordeaux pre and flowering

At last the sun is shining in Bordeaux after a very wet spring. The vines are about two weeks behind normal with the lack of sun and wet conditions but so far the infant light green leaves are healthy and growing.  Lot of greenery and vegetation which will be trimmed back in time during 'le rognage'.  Most … Continue reading 2008 Bordeaux pre and flowering