It’s like a yearly miracle. Yesterday I was in the vines, and not just any old parcel; the Montrachet if you please! We are just at the beginning of the re-birth. The vines have all been pruned, of course, and the branch that will support this year’s growth has been tied down onto the wires.
There are generally between 6 and 8 buds per plant. Well yesterday, following some days of pleasant, warm weather, I could just see the first buds starting to burst. At first the buds swell, and then burst open, and then the first tiny leaves make their appearance, emerging from their winter cocoon. Nature comes back to life.
Our vineyards in Burgundy are also very stony; we have a basic clay and limestone subsoil. When dug over, the vineyards are full of small stones. These stones help with the drainage, but also, very importantly, they reflect heat back up onto the vines, thereby helping the ripening. If the fine weather continues, in a couple of weeks, there will already be around 5 leaves per bud.
Next time, we’ll talk about the flowering……. Until then,
Miss Pinot Noir