The 2019 Vintage

July 2019

As I write this, it is almost too hot. Here today it is 35°. But yesterday in Nimes it was 45°, and that is a bit much. The month began with a few very nice days, but this was followed by ten days of grey, wet weather. Then the summer arrived, and for more than a week it has been hot and sunny.

The vines look promising. The flowering was swift and even, and (so far) there has been no hail. Often a heat wave is interrupted by a storm, so we are all keeping our fingers crossed. 

June 1st 2019

The last month has been pretty much the same as April: mainly dry, occasional sunny spells, and quite windy; but not very warm. However there has been no frost, nor hail, and the vines are now about to flower, more or less on schedule. The immediate forecast is promising; finally a bit of warmth can be expected. So all is positive for the time being.

May 1st 2019

The winter of 2018/2019 was largely dry and sunny, with the exception of the end of April; but it was also quite windy and cold. Temperatures might have climbed to 22° or even 25° in the afternoons in late March and April, but rarely exceeded 10° at night.  At the end of March there was some frost damage in Saint-Aubin, Chassagne and Puligny, but, it seems, on the lower slopes only. Currently there is a threat of mildew. The development of the vines is normal; neither precocious nor retarded. We could do with a bit of warmth.