It is always an exciting, busy and quite nerve racking time for everyone involved in grape growing and wine production. The fruits of a year's work will soon be established. It will be a great relief as 2016 has not been the easiest growing season in France. There has been hail in parts of the Languedoc (near Montpellier) recently and Burgundy seems to have had all sorts of frost and hail in May....which is very late, which has severely effected the quantity and quality of grapes.
|Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ripening at Chateau Lafite Rothschild|
|Manual sorting at Chateau Haut Bailly. What music are they listening to?|
|Grape bunches being manually sorted at Chateau Pontet Canet|
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes are now being picked over the next two weeks. It is a delightful time to visit the Chateaux and smell the juice and see so much activity taking place. Bella Wine Tours continues to run some great tours throughout the year.
|Biodynamic grapes gradually ripening at Chateau Pontet Canet|