• Le Mesnil, April 22, 2014

    I took this photo in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger yesterday, in one of J.-L. Vergnon’s parcels in the lieu-dit of Les Coullemets. It’s been unusually warm in Champagne over the past few months, with very little rainfall, which has accelerated the growth in the vines.

    At this stage, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the harvest will be early—the flowering could still be delayed if the weather turns cool over the next month. In this northerly climate, too, the possibility of frost persists until late May, and this could be damaging to the young buds. But when you’re standing in the vineyards in 20°C (68°F) weather, as it was yesterday and today, it’s easy to imagine that the sun will continue to shine. Let’s hope that’s the case.

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