Pic, Caroline l’Estime
I hope I’m not writing this just a little too early, but yesterday and today were forecast to be stormy, and given the awful experience of growers in other places this week we shouldn’t get carried away, yet the hail has so far been absent in the Côtes. No hail, but still 40 mm of rain yesterday, and there was further heavy rain this afternoon too.
As for flowering, I’d already reported the first stirrings at the end of last week – mainly Côte de Beaune chardonnay – but there was already a little flowering pinot on Monday in the warm spots of Beaune and Corton Vigne au Saint – I’m sure there were others too! Today I’ve seen pics of flowering in Morey too, so we might consider the weekend or early next week to be a mid-point in flowering. It seems that those vines that didn’t have shoots ripped away by the wind, actually look to have plenty of flowers, so no yield issues today, but we don’t want 40 mm of rain every day, do we(?)