RIGHT NOW IN THE VINES...
VINTAGE 2018 IS ONE OF THE BEST FOR CHABLIS IN 20 YEARS
Louis Moreau, President of the Chablis Commission of the Bourgogne wine Board, has announced that this year’s harvest in Chablis has been one of the best in 20 years:
“Chablis is rejoicing! We were uncertain after the drought this summer, but the vineyard gave us a real gift after two difficult years. The vine can be generous. Overall the vintage is qualitative and we have the quantity.”
AUTUMN IN THE VINEYARDS
After the harvest, in the vines, the leaves fall and the vine shoots turn brown. The vines enter an autumnal period of well-deserved rest.
After the leaves have fallen, winegrowers will use this time to prune the vines. Vines are creepers and if they go unpruned, they prefer to grow rather than to produce fruit. Pruning is a key stage in their management. It is physically arduous for the winegrower because it takes place in the winter cold, but it helps determine the vigor and the shape of the plants. The winegrower chooses the number of buds to leave on the wood, and in doing so, limits the yield from the plot in order to obtain higher quality fruit.
During the winter rest, the buds on the vine are covered by two brownish scales. This protects them from frost, unless the temperature falls exceptionally low, below 15°C, for several days.