july, not august, will be the key…

Update 15.7.2007(13.7.2007)billn

today and forecastThere’s an old saying – “it’s August that makes the vintage”. Well, this year not; it was so precocious a start to the year that the normal 100 days from flowering to harvesting points to an August rather than September vendanges. So this year it will be July that to a large extent ‘makes the vintage’.

The forecast for the next days will gladden the heart of all the vignerons. Much of June and July to-date has been a succession of wet, warm, wet, sun then wet again – the main punctuation in the weather has been the thunder and hail. Unfortunately this means not enough sun to chase away the damp so rot is a problem. In some regions even hardened biodynamic types have had to become pragmatic and use chemical approaches to save any crop.

Anyway, provided we can get an extended dry period – and this wind will also help – all is most certainly not lost. Even a couple of weeks more and it would be a sad vendanges, but today there is still hope…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There is one response to “july, not august, will be the key…”

  1. jeff smith15th July 2007 at 2:22 pmPermalinkReply

    I am planning a trip to Europe aand have plans to be in Burgundy the last week of August. What should I expect for such an early harvest? alos, what are you favorite, book, wine and map stores in Beaune?


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