Same vines in late May, different years

Ten days after a hailstorm at Ch Bauduc on 23 May 2009.

Every year on the 23rd May, I take a photo of the Merlot vines outside the château and each picture tells a story. From the hailstorm in May in 2009, to the early harvest in 2011 and 2017, the grotty start to the growing season in 2013 and the normal, good years like 2016. Here are some of those photos.

The earliest growing season – a burst out of the blocks, 23 May 2011.

A grim, cold start to the growing season at Ch Bauduc, 23 May 2013.

A worryingly slow start. Ch Bauduc, 23 May 2014.

All about right. Ch Bauduc, 23 May 2015.

Perfectly normal. A month later saw the start of an 11-week drought. 23 May 2016.

Despite the frost down the hill, an early start to the season. 23 May 2017.

Looking good. Ch Bauduc, 23 May 2018.



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