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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

2014 Cabernet Franc@Bourgueil – 14.9

 Gravières

Photos of 2014 Cabernet Franc grapes taken on Sunday 14th September in Bourgueil. The first were taken from vines planted on gravel. Then I took some from the clay limestone coteau. For the moment the grapes look promising and coming along nicely with no sign of rot. Picking is unlikely to start much before the 25th September, although on the gravels of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil they may well start a little earlier. Apparently the skins are thin this year, so there could be problems if the weather changes to being wet, hot and humid.      

 Gravières

 Gravières

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Grapes from vines planted on clay-limestone:

 argile calcaire

 argile calcaire

 argile calcaire

 argile calcaire

 argile calcaire

  Cabernet Franc leaf taking on autumnal colours

2 comments:

Luc Charlier said...

Sadly for us, Jim, in the P.O., the leaves have also started looking like that ... but it is often due to a huge attack of "mildiou", ubiquitous this year. Some areas are already totally WITHOUT leaves: not quite an autumnal landscape, rather January !

Jim Budd said...

Hi Luc. Still good coverage of leaves in Bourgueil. Not unusual for a few Cab Franc leaves to turn colour in mid-September.