Welcome but gentle catch-up for Bordeaux’s grapes with September sun

Harvest is approaching. Grapes have very much benefitted from the recent sunshine here for the past few weeks with temperatures between 26 and 33°. Welcome catch-up for the grape's ripening process. Good weather forecasted to continue. Harvest is going to be late this year due to the cool weather during parts of the summer (particularly … Continue reading Welcome but gentle catch-up for Bordeaux’s grapes with September sun

Bordeaux Vintage 2012 so far

Wet spring with rain at time of flowering indicates uneven ripening Even within the same vineyard plot some bunches of grapes are ripe and others are not at all! This is happening even within the same bunch! Wet spring and early summer has meant risk of mildew has been high and necessitated more sulphate spraying … Continue reading Bordeaux Vintage 2012 so far

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

Bordeaux 2012 Vintage: Record Rainfall and not much sun for the holiday-makers

The school holidays have started in France and those that holiday in July known as the  'juilletistes' are on the roads heading for their holiday destinations. Temperatures soared on Saturday one of the busiest on the roads in the French calender, but the day ended in torrential downpours for most. For the past few weeks … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012 Vintage: Record Rainfall and not much sun for the holiday-makers

2012 Bordeaux Vintage; not an easy one so far for the wine producers

Summer has definitely arrived in the vineyards of Bordeaux with temperatures this week of over 30°C. The vines have finished flowering and the little grapes are swelling in their bunches. There has been some 'coulure' with some of the little berries staying small which will bring yields down - not a bad thing. The combination of the … Continue reading 2012 Bordeaux Vintage; not an easy one so far for the wine producers

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

Bordeaux Vines caught up, flowering on schedule for next week

The recent hot weather in Bordeaux's vineyards have meant that the vines have caught up any delay due to cold temperatures and wet weather experienced from mid April until mid May. The much needed rain has filled the empty water tables and the vegetative cycle is 'full speed ahead'. During flowering we are looking for sunshine and warm consistent temperatures during the … Continue reading Bordeaux Vines caught up, flowering on schedule for next week

Bordeaux 2012: Abnormal conditions hold things back in the Vineyards

Rain non-stop for 3 weeks slows progress in the Bordeaux vineyards A little sunshine breaks through the clouds at last. It has been three weeks non-stop rain which has slowed the vine growth and soaked the soil filling the water table for later use in the summer. Much better now then later during flowering when rain can … Continue reading Bordeaux 2012: Abnormal conditions hold things back in the Vineyards