Meanwhile in the vineyards …
The birds begin to sing, the sap starts to flow, the soft sunlight caresses our faces still numb with cold … There is no doubt that spring is installed in the Burgundian air!
What could be better in this springtime month of April to look a little closer at our dear vineyards?
To ensure that they can offer us the best grapes, our wine growers are busy working hard in the vineyards.
In April, it is the time to bend the young branches horizontally and attach them to the wires (1). It is also time to replace the vines if necessary, and to plow the plots to achieve the delicate balance between the vineyard and the surrounding vegetation.
Adorned with the color green and brownish hues, the Burgundian vineyards begin to reveal their beauty. If we follow our curiosity and move closer towards the vine, we can see that it is in its phase called “bud burst” (2). The green tips (3) are expected to burst in the coming weeks.
What can we say about the 2016 weather conditions?
Until now, the 2016 vintage has experienced fairly traditional weather. Autumn and early winter were marked by a mild drought, largely resolved by heavy rains at the end of the winter period.
Regarding pests and diseases that can weaken the vineyards, our winemakers remain vigilant because the threat of mildew (4) is high. If the threat was to develop, our vineyard managers would treat the vines from the opening of the first buds between late April and early May.
If one is interested in our vineyards in the South of France (Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone Valley), we can see that the vine is at a more advanced stage than in Burgundy. Indeed, we can already observe some leaves unfolding (5) and the first appearance of grape clusters.
(4) Mildew is a disease which is charaterized by the appearance of brown stains on the leaves and a withering of these then.