allo allo – an update from the vines

2 Sep
yesterday morning

Morning light over the neighbour's vines across the road

the vineyards with our olive trees in the foreground

The vineyards with our olive trees in the foreground

Who would have thought, with this beautiful, serene morning…

That by evening we’d have a huge storm with some of the loudest ‘tonnerre’ (thunder) I’ve ever heard.

It was suddenly POURING with rain in the strangest directions, the rain lashing at the window before me while I was chopping at the kitchen bench and Lilas asked me if I thought we’d have an ‘inondation’ (flood).

‘Umm, I don’t think so sweetie!??!!!’  .Not necessarily such a big exaggeration either.  We had a huge flood in the Minevois in 1999, and I’d only been explaining it to her a few days earlier.

Pretty strange weather, but hopefully not that strange.

last night 1

looking over at the neighbour's last night

path leading up to the Montagnes Noires

It didn’t flood,  but we had about 30mm of water.  Not a great thing for the vines at this time of year.  The grape bunches are now so big and  beautiful – and almost there!  It’s humid too, so not a great combination.  The last thing the vineyards want is to rot.

Our friend at dinner last night mentioned the story of a vineyard in Burgandy, where she witnessed a helicopter hovering over a rain-drenched vineyard, fanning it dry!  Those Burgundians.

last night 3

looking over to the neighbours' houses in our hamlet

last night 5

...it's starting to clear at least

Not quite the decadence of Burgandy here.  Benji’s hoping for some good old fashioned wind and keeping the ‘soucis’ (worries) at bay with a little night poker!

poker

poker night chez nous

I’ll be back later with the checklist of what they drank!…

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3 Responses to “allo allo – an update from the vines”

  1. Barry Wright September 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Just love reading about your life in France. Having indulged in many of Benji’s wines – and to be honest I was a reluctant convert, but convert I am – I can understand when he posts back on the NW web site with comments like “yes, this is my wife’s favourite”…. Tres difficile, puet-etre, mais maintenant…. Feeling lazy, so not trying to be too clever there! Latest wine – as yet to be tried – is the Celtis Australis…. Love the blog, so keep this up. Look forward to meeting up with you all sometime. Best wishes for a fantastic harvest…./Barry

    • The vigneron's wife September 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      It’s great to hear from you Barry!… Heard a lot about you!! I hear you’re a top supporter of Benji’s wines. Big thanks!
      And lovely of you to have had a look at this thing. Many merci beaucoups (now I’m being clever!).
      Benji and I look forward to hosting you for a tasting sometime!…

    • The vigneron's wife September 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      ps. probably picking near the end of next week.

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