20 March, 2018
One plot left to prune as frost protection
We have organized our work a bit different than usual this year. Maybe it will turn out as a benefit.
We have been pruning since November. Instead of getting the job done, Alain has kept one vineyard unpruned and instead dealt with a lot of binding.
Result: Six plots have been pruned and they are well advanced regarding the binding of branches as well. In the top picture you can see the Belles Feuilles plot all ready just one week ago on February 12th. This week we are finishing the pruning of the plot of Crochettes in Soulieres which leaves us one plot to prune in Loisy.
Postpone the development
The idea is to postpone the developent of buds as much as we can.
The later you prune, the later the buds will burst in spring. When spring is due. If ever this icy year of 2018.
As we had late snow last weekend (second picture), maybe the strategy will prove itself useful.
Buds are susceptible to frost damage but only when they have started growing. This means, that if they grow later, the risk of frost will be shorter. In theory anyway, we'll see about the practical side later as we can have frost in Champagne until mid-May. Buds under the snow these days are fine, because the are still in their winter protection mode. Thus no reason to worry yet.