Frederick Thompson comments on his barge cruise in Burgundy France on board the Barge Apres Tout.
Frederick wrote: “We just returned from a six day cruise on the “Apres Tout” and found it to be an exceptional experience from almost every perspective.
March is the month when the pruning is finished. In the larger vineyards, pruning the vines can take several months. The plants are cut right down in order to control the yields. As Burgundy wines are all about quality and not quantity, the idea is to have fewer bunches of grapes at harvest time, but to have bunches that are more concentrated in flavour and aromas. Only 6 or 7 bunches are left on the plant, and each plant will produce about 1 bottle of wine. However, for Grand Cru wines (the highest level in Burgundy) it takes around 3 vine plants to produce each bottle.