Changing of the grapes: Green to Red

The grapes are changing colour in the vineyards of Bordeaux, a process called 'veraison'. It is a good indicator of the eventual uniformity of ripeness. A little erratic this year. This is the time that the 'eclaircissage' takes place that is the removing of the superfluous bunches of grapes that are overbunched to create better airflow. … Continue reading Changing of the grapes: Green to Red

Summer here at last in Bordeaux and the grapes are getting ready to change colour

Temperatures have risen in the vineyards of Bordeaux since the 14 July bank holiday when many start their summer holidays. The small green grapes are getting bigger and in a week or so will change colour in most of the regions. They have already started in the warm gravel soils of the Graves region south … Continue reading Summer here at last in Bordeaux and the grapes are getting ready to change colour

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

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