Date: April 2020

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A View from the Vineyards: Instalment 2

April 21st 2020

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Spring and budding in the vineyards are always an exciting time for vignerons, but it can be accompanied by an equal amount of stress, namely the fear of frost. Two days after I posted my blog on the 25th March, temperatures dropped and there was a sharp frost the morning of Friday 27th. Nathalie Tollot from Domaine Tollot-Beaut commented that for them it was too early to impact their Pinot Noir vines in Savigny Lès Beaune: “the vines are still in the very early stages of budding and not sufficiently advanced for the frost to have any impact”.

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The buying must go on!

April 16th 2020

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In the world of wine buying, spring is a period that I love. Whilst respecting everything that governments around the world are doing to overcome Covid-19, it has been wonderful to see the most magnificent displays of daffodils and blossom on the precious occasions that we can venture outside. It has certainly helped revive my spirits during these difficult times. In normal circumstances I would have been in Bordeaux and Burgundy these past few weeks, enjoying vineyard visits and admiring a new generation of life on the vines, with the initial stages of budding giving birth to a new harvest…