03 May, 2002

30 days ahead

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The Chardonnay-vines have distinct grapes.

The vines are early this year. Stubborn as I am, I have steadily repeated my "three-four weeks" for quite a while now. It was based on my own and peoples - you know neighbours, cousins, friends, somebody waiting in the line in the supermarket and so on - observations. Today I asked somebody who actually does know, the technical department of the CIVC.

The correct answer is 31 days earlier than the average of the last 30 years for the Chardonnay-vines, 20 days ahead for Pinot Noirand 22 days for Meunier-vines.

And on top of that, the first flowers have been spotted on Chardonnay-vines in the southern part of the AOC-area, the Côte de Sézanne.

Flowers are still rare
Flowers however are still rare, and ourselves we are not even close. But what will develop into the yields of the year is clearly visible, as it can be seen on these Chardonnay-vines, grown by Alain's cousin.

They grow next to our Meunier, that - as always - are not as developped as the Chardonnay, at the village Loisy-en-Brie in Côte des Blancs with a slightly sloping exposure towards the south.

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Chardonnay at Loisy-en-Brie, May 1st 2007.

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