frostwatch, encore…

Update 8.5.2019(6.5.2019)billn

Yes I know it’s May!

The weekend was bizarre at home – jumping (if that’s the right word) from 20°C on Saturday afternoon to snow in the early evening – I really don’t remember the last time I saw snow in May. Saturday afternoon saw me packing insulation around all my hydrangea and agapanthus!

This morning, early underway to Burgundy, I had to contend with a thick frost on the car – as you can see below, it didn’t do pinot and chardonnay (my two vines at home) any favours – this was also, the first frost for a few weeks. The candles were highly active again in Chablis overnight and may be required tonight too. The forecast is for warmer nights from Wednesday.

First reports from the Côte de Beaune are positive, and as usual the Côte de Nuits was fine. Things were okay in the Beaujolais and Mâconnais too – the damage was done there early in April – but they were fighting the cold in Chablis again. I’ll keep you posted, of-course…

On the positive side, today I finished my tastings with a brilliant 1969 – from magnum!

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There are 2 responses to “frostwatch, encore…”

  1. Mike de Lange8th May 2019 at 4:31 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, any news on whether or not there is frost damage?

    • billn8th May 2019 at 4:41 pmPermalinkReply

      Where exactly MIke?
      Most of the damage was done in the the first week of April, much less about the 13th April, and not so much Sunday/Monday – though I’ve seen damage in St.Aubin.
      Mâconnais is the worst affected, Beaujolais has some effects but not widespread – like the Côte de Beaune – the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes not so much. Chablis is hard to say right now – the protected vines have been well protected, but they’ve had plenty of -4° nights. So in the wider villages it remains to be seen…

  2. Mike de Lange8th May 2019 at 9:06 pmPermalinkReply

    Well, anywhere really but you’ve covered a lot of ground just now. I will keep watching this space for further reports on Chablis.

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