Some views from my morning walk today.
It’s hit 30 degrees this afternoon – in the month of May!?! – so I’m glad we headed out at 9am when although it was already bright, the air ws cooler. It’s going to be a hot one this week!
This heat has put all of nature into overdrive and the vineyards are accelerating very quickly – almost too quickly. Moderate temperatures and cooler nights allow a slower and more steady maturation, with good acidity and flavours in the fruit and a harvest (‘les vendenges’) in September. What you don’t want to be doing is picking two-three weeks early (here that’s August) after accelerated growth. Let’s hope it cools down a little!