Category Archive for: ‘Diary of the Vineyard’

June is a huge milestone in the cycle of the vine: it is when it flowers. If flowering goes well, then all is well. If it doesn’t, well, then it isn’t … and you may as well get out your fishing rod and go fishing. So that is the important event of this month. Also […]

Tuesday 2 May Going Dutch A pretty good start to the month when the doyen of Dutch wine-writers chooses our new blend, Le Limoux, as one of his ‘discoveries’ of the month. Hubrecht Duijker actually is the most published wine-writer in the world – more than Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker Jr. or any of their […]

Sunday April 1 No April Fool Second on the left, front row: our neighbour – a retired grape grower who keeps bees. A very nice man, an old-world Languedocien. He has a field that for historic reasons lies in, but on the edge, of our vineyard, right between our two top chardonnay fields. He is […]

We asked for winter last month, and promptly got snowed in.  Now we are almost afraid to ask for rain, because heaven knows what we’ll get –  but we do need it.  What we don’t need is this string of balmy, bright blue days pulling the vines joyfully into springtime … when, as everyone knows,  […]

We’re always careful of what we ask for.  But it seemed certain that we had to ask for winter.  January was so balmy that colleagues in (lower) parts of Limoux were reporting that their vines were already beginning to stir.  Further afield, the first little buds were already beginning to show on the vines.  You […]