Friday, 15 April 2011
Squeaky bum time in Eastern Touraine
Aynard keeping all his fingers crossed!
Speaking to Aynard Clermont-Tonnerre (Clos du Porteau, Saint-Georges-sur-Cher: AC Touraine) this morning brought home the understandable worries the vignerons have over frost this year. "The vines started about two weeks ago," said Aynard. "Already the vines have two or three leaves. Last night the temperature dropped to minus one and it was minus 1.5 the night before. We are really on the limit and we have another three weeks of risk."
Hopefully history will not be repeated but 1991 when there was a very severe frost on the night of the 21st-22nd April that reduced the harvest by two thirds. Just as this year, the vines started very early due to the the warm, sunny conditions. The danger is warm sunny days followed by clear cool nights.
Fingers firmly crossed for the next three weeks.