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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Mid-June in the vines of Chinon and Bourgueil

Typically stormy weather of mid-June 2016:
 looking east towards L'Île Boucard 

Some photos taken on Friday in Chinon and Bourgueil:

Chinon:

Chinon: frost damage on the fruiting cane 
(above and below) on the gravel vineyards close to the Vienne


Chinon: flowering underway but conditions not ideal 
– cool and wet with only occasional sunshine

Rare to see a vine on gravel with plenty of potential grapes 

As if the frost wasn't enough some shoots have 
been broken off both in Chinon and Bourgueil. 
Caused I assume by heavy rain and high winds.

Sodden vineyards  – following heavy rain over the past few weeks


Some potential bunches but sparse

Just one shoot with no fruit recovering from frost damage

Bourgueil:

 First series of photos taken on coteaux 
above Ingrandes de Touraine 
unaffected by the April frost with flowering just starting




 Very different tale on the flatter gravel vineyards – here in Restigné

 Green shoots but little sign of any fruit



 Wind/storm damage now appears to be 
compounding frost losses in places

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