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the effects of frost in marsannay (and wider)…

the effects of frost in marsannay (and wider)…

Right: Pictured today in Marsannay Les Grandes Vignes – compare it to the picture at the top of the page – that’s what the growth looks like (this week) in an average year! It was nice and warm just over a week ago in the Côte d’Or, but this week the weather is back into […]

frost – a couple of informative notes:

frost – a couple of informative notes:

From Jasper Morris at Berry Brothers & Rudd http://bbrblog.com/2016/05/06/burgundy-struck-frost-hail/ And from a merchant: http://www.thomascalderselections.com/posts Lots of good info, though with respect to the second link, Burgundy is not ahead of an average year, despite a relatively warm winter, because average temperatures were insufficient for growth in most of March and April – up until 1 […]

frost – 2+ – the côte de nuits…

Clos de l'Arlot

As promised, I also toured around the vines of the Côte de Nuits on Friday and inspected vines ‘here and there’ along the way. As-ever, it seems that the Côte de Nuits has the lighter of the frost damage – though I’m definitely talking ‘on average’ because: Marsannay – most producers are desolate – it’s […]

frost – 2

frost – 2

I asked a couple of producers this morning if it was bad, or really bad, both said the latter. Without doubt it is a very important event, though I’m sure it’s better to wait until after the fruit-set to see if 30% or 75% of the potential harvest is lost. But however we look at […]

frost!

Whilst in ‘relatively’ warm Beaujolais this week, I’ve watched all the pictures of ‘candles’ and water-sprays to combat the frost in Chablis, but this morning it seems the Côte d’Or has been touched – and it seems to have been more severe than a ‘touch.’ “I think I lost 90% in the villages and regional […]

damp!

damp!

Puligny, this afternoon. The weekend in Switzerland was okay – half sun, half rain, but to quote an unsmiling vigneron in Puligny-Montrachet today, “The rain was much more consistent than that here!” Indeed, the TGV took me through many a flooded area this morning. The vines look fine though, the first chardonnay leaves starting to […]

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

a storm in morgon – worse in pouilly

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Wednesday) the skies considerably darkened in Morgon. Thunder, lightening, a little rain and a lot of wind. But It was less ‘fun’ in Pouilly as you can see from the images below, images of vines near Solutre, sent to me by a producer. Many young, opening, buds were damaged or completely removed. It’s […]

volnay – not so still-life…

volnay – not so still-life…

Yesterday touched 20°C in the vines. Despite what has seemed like a winter of consistent 10°C days, the vineyards are not particularly precocious this year – so-far at least – because the night-time temperatures have been ‘cool enough.’ It was a beautiful day in the vines, without the ‘April showers’ of Wednesday – so much […]

big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

big buds, birthdays and sad losses…

Picture (crop) ex-Faiveley… Since last Easter Friday we have seen all aspects of ‘life’ in Burgundy: First, something to celebrate! Today was the 80th birthday of one of Volnay’s great characters – Regis Rossignol (right), who I visited in February; he’s still going strong, indeed, as far as I can tell, he’s actually still making […]

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