Saturday, 27 July 2013

Storms in Bordeaux

The unfortunate scene at Chateau Lafite Rothschild today after heavy storms last night.

The lovely parkland in front of Chateau Pontet Canet after the storm.

Two out of three flag poles have gone at Pontet Canet.

Big tree down at the village of Bages near Pauillac. The electrcity was cut out for most of the day. Hope the wine is OK in the barrel cellar at Chateau Lynch Bages.

There used to be a large tree in front of Chateau there is a small pile of logs.

It is too early to say what the damage has been in the vineyards. There was certainly some hail on the Right Bank nearer St.Emilion, but the Medoc mainly had tree issues. The Bell Tower on Pauillac church was blown away with the ferocity of the wind.
Lets hope for a calm night tonight.
2013 has been a testing growing season.....Cold long winter, wet cold spring, bad weather at flowering (in particular effecting the merlot vines).....and now extreme heat followed by storms. There is still hope for a decent crop if the weather is stable over the next three months.