Médoc - News from the Vignobles Paeffgen
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A very wet and
mild winter is followed by a very dry and rather cool spring. The soils in our vineyards
became dry in the course of March. As a result, they warm up more quickly during the day
and promote early budbreak, despite critical night temperatures. The risk of damage from
late frosts is very high in such situations.
The vegetation starts at the beginning of March. The ash trees and the first
spring flowers are in bloom. The first orchids in our vineyards bloom just
in time for the beginning of spring around 20 March. The wine is now also in
the starting blocks. This is evident from the red colouring of the buds. As
it has remained dry, the soil warms up more quickly, but can also store less
heat overnight. Therefore, the danger of late frosts in the early morning
hours increases. We prune the endangered sites as late as possible, which
delays budbreak here by up to 10 days.
Austrieb Wein - Merlot
The vine is budding. The continuing cool
temperatures have delayed budding somewhat. In contrast to regions south and
east of Bordeaux and many other wine regions in Europe, we are spared damage
from late frosts at the beginning of April. This is due to the proximity to
the Gironde (0-2 km) as well as the Atlantic (20 km). Despite the strong
temperature fluctuations, budbreak is homorous and promising.
Due to the mild winter and the 'tolerable' plant protection measures of the
last few years, the slugs have developed into a real plague. The damage
these little animals can cause is enormous. If the freshly opened bud is
eaten, the plants for the first leaves and flowers are damaged. The budding
is crippled and there are hardly any/no grapes. The vine overcomes this and
can later build up foliage - there are hardly any grapes.
The dryness simplifies the weeding measures enormously. The vegetation is
not very strong and hardly competes with the vines. In addition, tillage
under the vines is very effective. Once the vegetation has been worked out,
it no longer grows in this drought and quickly dries up.
The same applies to plant protection
measures. There is hardly any fungal pressure. The spores of downy mildew
are slowed down in their ripening process in the soil during this drought
and are not infectious. At most, powdery mildew can attack the young shoots
of the vines. The sensitive plots only had to be treated once with sulphur.
Otherwise, plant protection measures were not an issue.
Now it has hit us after all.
During the early morning of 03 May, frost damage occurred at Château LASSUS
on a smaller plot in Dignac. Fortunately, the damage is very limited. How
badly this parcel is damaged by the frost will be seen over the next few
The first week
of May finally brings some rain. The spores of downy mildew will soon
complete their development at the current temperatures and increasing soil
moisture and endanger the vines. We have already made very good progress
with the foliage work on the sensitive plots, which takes some of the
infection pressure out.
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