May review: Expensive mistakes, Mother Nature and other stories

The end of May, if you’ll forgive the cliché. Whatever next?

June, you say, and a fair amount of sport still. It’s also an important few weeks ahead in the vineyard as the vines have just started flowering, and this unspectacular yet critical period can potentially make or break a wine grower as it plays a huge part in determining the yield. A poor flowering and you won’t get decent bunches.

In this month’s missive:

  • That £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux served by mistake
  • Late spring frosts and the luck of the draw
  • The same vines pictured year on year
  • Château-bottled isn’t what it used to be
  • Ten years on and those two May hailstorms

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