Most of the new Meunier-vines have survived the summer. October 2006.
Six months ago we planted 425 new Meunier-vines in the plot at Loisy-en-Brie.
They got some good mould tucked around the roots. But since they have had to deal with wind and weather and disease on their own. And most - about 90 percent - have survived.
August 2006, Loisy-en-Brie.
The rest has been overcome by disease. Some were eaten by rabbits, others were attacked by the disease oïdium I do not know if that is too many. From a statistical point of view that is. But it adds up in about half a day of wasted work which is already annoying.
A strong plant
Young vines like these do not yet produce grapes like the fully grown vines. Grapes grow on one year old shoots, that will grow from the buds that already by now have been created. Even they may not yet be very visible.
However, the young plants will not produce any grapes for the next vendange. During the first years of the life of a plant, the aim of the pruning is to secure good and strong wood. By removing most of the buds you help the young plant to focus on its own growth rather than producing fruits.
Only the third year you leave so many buds that the young vine will produce a bigger amount of grapes.
April 2006, Loisy-en-Brie.
A fully developed vine will produce around 1,2 kilos of grapes. You use 1,6 kilos of grapes to produce a bottle of champagne.
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