A couple of pics taken first thing this morning in the garden where we have 6 Cabernet Franc and 6 Chenin Blanc. The weeping vine is the Cabernet Franc – always a bit behind the Chenin the sap is rising and budburst will follow. We prune our vines very late here so they are not really representative of others in the region as the later you delay pruning the later you delay budburst. The Chenin vines are a little further on and the first sign of tiny leaves can be seen as they spring back into life.
Budburst 2018 – a few pics
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What’s going on in the vineyard in April?
Signs of budburst have been seen in the Muscadet region and in Saumur Champigny but there was little sign of it in St Nicolas de Bourgueil yesterday (the 9th). Meanwhile, growers are replacing dead or diseased vines with new ones and putting in stakes to support replacement vines that are now 2 years old.11 Apr, 2018
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What’s on the cheese board this week? Lou Claousou
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Life in the Loire on lock-down. 15th April. Day thirty two.
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Life in the Loire on lock-down. 19th April. Day thirty six.
A dreary day here in the Loire. Grey and dull. It’s trying to rain but not making a very good job of it. A sluggish start in this house.20 Apr, 2020
Location is everything!
They say that about houses don’t they? Location, location location! And it’s the same with vines.13 Mar, 2022