The same vines pictured year on year in May

22 May 2019

We’ve taken a picture of the Merlot vines in front of the Château on the 23rd May each year. This one was taken on the 22nd because it was so grey and rainy the following day, but it shows how it compares to previous years. (23 May pic below.)

The odd thing is how some vintages are completely different to others. The early budding and growing season of 2011, compared to the late one of 2013, and the hail damaged crop of 2009. Touch wood, so far so good for 2019.

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

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

A grim, cold start to the growing season. 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.

23 May 2018. Taken by Georgie Q as we weren’t here. About average evolution at this stage in the vines.

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