Monday, 21 September 2015
#2015 Loire – Montlouis and the threat of rot
On Friday afternoon we went across to have a quick look at Montlouis to see how the Chenin was coping with all of the rain over the past few days – between 60-85 mm from last weekend.
It was very interesting, although too brief a look to be a real scientific test, to see how the differences between the way that vineyards are cultivated and the level of rot. A vineyard, which had been totally blitzed with weedkiller, was obviously threatened with serious rot.
100% weedkillered vines
Grassed over vineyard without leaf plucking
Slow riopening and rot developing especially where
leaves touch grape bunches
Grassed over vineyard with well separated
bunches of grapes well aerated – free of rot