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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday 10 April 2015

Early signs of Spring in Touraine vineyards

 9th April 2015: first signs of budbreak I've seen in an AC Touraine 
I am assuming this is Sauvignon Blanc  as it is amongst the first to bud

Rare wild tulips in Le Haut-Lieu vineyard 
(Domaine Huet, Vouvray)
Apparently these tulips are only found amongst the vines in Vouvray  
and I'm told not in the other communes of the appellation

Across the road from Le Haut-Lieu parcel 
 – vineyard with many replacement vines showing 
the serious ravages of the vine disease Esca 
 Weeping vines at Château des Bidaudières
(cultivated by Domaine Perrault-Jadaud,Vouvray)

Traditional celebration of the arrival of Spring in some vineyards
 – turning vineyards orange and gold 
(above and below)

 (from above) ..... to achieve this


Susan said...

Oooooh! I didn't know about the tulips. I'll keep an eye out.

Jim's Loire said...

Curiously this was the first time we had seen them. Told they are rare.