Bordeaux 2016 – vines in May compared to previous years

23 May 2016

23 May 2016 – a little later than 2015 but reasonable for the time of year

I’ve taken a picture of the vineyard in front of the chateau on the 23rd May each year. The date has no special significance – it just happened that way – and the pictures are as much for my records as anything else. They provide a useful comparison as to how these Merlot vines have advanced since budburst at the beginning of April. It’s always shortly before the important flowering.

Bauduc 23 May 2015 - 002

23 May 2015 – fairly advanced, normal growth

Bauduc 23 may 2014 - 09 - Version 2

23 May 2014

Bauduc 23 May 2013 - 037

23 May 2013 – a poor start to the growing season

23 May 2011 Bauduc - 093

23 May 2011 – an early start and rapid growth would lead to an early harvest

GQ re hail May 2009 - 057

23 May 2009 – cropped ruined by May hail. A great vintage elsewhere in Bordeaux would rub salt into the wounds.

 

 

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