Despite this, even while the vines were fighting against the lack of water, the foliage remained green. The vines continued to breathe, showing us once again how much they are heat-loving plants which are satisfied with low rainfall.
From mid-June, the heat made itself felt and grapes had to ripen in severe drought conditions. The vines made good use of their water reserves, a little sunburn notwithstanding. The team was not to be outdone and managed to keep up with the season’s sustained pace.
It was from mid-July that we observed the first berries in véraison (colour change). The rains at the beginning of August (9th to 11th) eased a temporary blockage, with véraison completed in the last days of August.
Disease pressure was very low. We treated the vines throughout, at historically low doses. We adapted the periods of treatment to the disease threats, which increase around the New and Full Moons. The treatments mainly took place around the perigee (minimal distance between the earth and the moon) –when the plant, weakened and less robust, is sensitive to any energy input.
Thanks to the drought, mildew was less of a concern than oidium. We combatted the latter with infusions of wickers, yarrow and dandelion, coupled with volcanic sulphur, which gave some very good results. Although the scorching summer had promised an early harvest, in the end, a steady late season allowed for unhurried picking from 10th September.