2015: an odd year that’s normal for once

The vines are coming into flower. I’ve taken a picture of the vineyard in front of the chateau on the 23rd May each year – it started that way – and the photos show just how different the uneven years have been. 2009 just after the hail, 2011 way ahead of other years, 2013 limp and lagging well behind, and now with 2015 looking strangely normal for the time of year.

GQ re hail May 2009 - 057

23 May 2009, Chateau Bauduc, after hail 10 days before.

 

23 May 2011, Chateau Bauduc. An early vintage that got off to a flyer.

23 May 2011, Chateau Bauduc. An early vintage that got off to a flyer.

23 May 2013, Chateau Bauduc. Way behind - and in August, we'd be hit by hail.

23 May 2013, Chateau Bauduc. Way behind – and in August, we’d be hit by hail.

23 May 2015, Chateau Bauduc.

23 May 2015, Chateau Bauduc. Verging on normal.

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One thought on “2015: an odd year that’s normal for once

  1. Richard

    Very interesting contrast between the seasons…and also the development of the 'feet' over time!