Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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The heatwave seems to slightly cool off, but forecasts are still predicting a very hot and dry weather for the next weeks.

This huge time of drought increases the water scarcity on all of our plots and should guarantee a low berry weight which is a proof of good quality of the future wine.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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An exceptional heatwave is forecast for the next weeks and the temperature may rise up to 42° C! Exceptional weather conditions like these are always tricky to deal with but we do hope that our grapes will be protected from sunburn.

Thankfully, the way we care about vines at Cheval Blanc (only one moderate leaf-removing facing the rising sun in order to protect the grapes from the most burning sunbeams during the afternoon) should prevent us from this hopefully… 

Keep our fingers crossed for this vintage!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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The flowering is almost complete: it happened without problem for our Cabernet franc plants and for our younger vines, but as every year and despite a pretty good weather, the older ones suffered from coulure which means that some flowers failed to set into fruits. The yields on those plots will therefore be low and we will have to do green harvest at the end of veraison in order to cut the green grapes that will lack maturity. 

Monday, June 1rst, 2015: flowering

Flowering is ongoing in all of our plots. Surprisingly, it began almost at the same time on all of our soils (gravels, clay soils and sandy soils) and for all of our grape varieties (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), no matter of usual precociousness depending on soils or varieties.

The weather forecast of dry, hot and windy days in the beginning of June lets us hope that the flowering will be complete quickly without heterogeneity. 

Monday, May 25th, 2015: the vegetation growth speeds-up

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The vineyard works are now happening quickly one thing after another: vine lifting, removal of unwanted shoots, grapevine tying, soils ploughing… In a nutshell, we are running after the quick growth of vegetation.

The mildew pressure is beginning to soften thanks to drier and sunnier days last week.

 

Thursday, April 17th, 2015

The wonderful weather this week starts off a speed-up of the vegetation growth. The budbreak is homogeneous. We hope that this is the sign of a satisfactory growing season. The vines are growing quickly. The ploughing down (which means to clear the earth protecting the vines during the winter) is going on.

Everyone is getting excited here as the landscape is changing and turning green. Vintage 2015 will build itself day by day and we are all ready for this. It is a really pleasant period of the year.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The low temperatures at the end of March, which caused some frosts, kept the buds from breaking too early, which could have generated heterogeneity.

During the first days of April, the temperature rose quickly and it looked like summer time already on the Easter week-end. We will probably observe a huge growth of vegetation in the plots during the next days.

The waning moon spurs us on to prune the last plots of young vines (plots 4 and 22 especially) that we are used to cut at the very end of the pruning time.

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