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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: 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


 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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