Mon 23 Aug 2010

Vendanges 2010

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August is supposed to be a quiet month in France as businesses close for the month.

Not so down in the Midi when growers begin to prepare for the vintage. Many will start this week and at Domaine de l’Arrjolle the starting gun was fired on Saturday 21st August when the first sauvignons were picked.

So far so good. The grapes are in perfect condition and, though the summer has been very dry with no rain for the last two months, there had been enough rainfall during the winter and spring so the vines have not had to suffer for lack of water. The size of the crop is small which should be good news for quality.

Harvesting here is a long and protracted affair as the last cabernets will probably have to wait till well into October. Fingers crossed then.

Categories : South of France

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