After a very cold February and an unusually warm March, April turned wet and May has been cooler than normal while the rain has continued to pour. Many garden plants and shrubs have succumbed from this harsh treatment, although vignes are usually more robust. However, on the plus side the vigne-flowers have not yet set and at least the danger of late frosts has past. Already we are beginning to suspect that the autumn harvest will be much later than last year. Despite new viticulture techniques and modern equipement in the winery we remain ever dependent on Mother Nature to povide us with the sugars and acidity that are needed for a correct balance in the final wine. Sancerre is still near the northern limit of good Sauvignon Blanc grapes. It is perhaps curious that many of the best wine making areas of the world are on the edge climatically.
Posted on 28/05/2012 at 10:33PM