Sunday, 26 August 2012
Jasnières: a thin crop in 2012
Vineyards on the Jasnières coteaux
Bunch affected by poor flowering
On Tuesday we had a quick look at some of the vineyards of Jasnières to see how the prospects for the 2012 vintage are shaping up. Although we only really saw in detail the vines on the slope below the Panorama and then some vines overlooking L'Homme, 2012 looks like it will be tiny. It was difficult to find more than two decent bunches on a vine. I'm not sure whether these vineyards were hit by the April frost but certainly poor weather during flowering and mildew had taken their toll. There may also have been some hail damage. If this is repeated throughout the vineyards of Jasnières and the Coteaux du Loir the 2012 crop will be very small.
One of the better bunches – leaves recently sprayed with copper sulphate(?) presumably against mildew
Bunch again affected by poor flowering
Poor flowering or the effect of mildew (above and below)
Difficult to find any grapes
A few more grapes
Weedkillered vineyards (above and below)
There are a range of vineyard cultures in Jasnières from organic/biodynamic to 100% weedkiller control including the surrounding paths.
Abandoned vines on the Jasnières coteaux
Leaves sprayed with copper sulphate
Mildew on a leaf
Esca or eutipiose
From the vine clad hillside towards La Chartre-sur-Loire
Vines above L'Homme
Mon idée – once a bon idée but now abandoned!
The neglected Jasnières panorama