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Not looking good for the vintage…

After the second…maybe third…electric storm in the last 4 weeks and a torrential downpour on thursday night, real drama, vignerons are looking increasingly anxious re the outcome of the harvest. Took some clients across to Chateauneuf du Pape friday morning and the road in from Courtezon was closed due to flooding, had to take them via the back roads. The roads strewn with storm debris and scree. Vignerons as ever put a brave face on things and describe the conditions as “difficult” but the fact is the May rains with their attendant mildew problems , the general lack of sustained warmth over July/August, plus these ill-timed storms are heading towards only one conclusion. The head waiter at Verger des Papes was more direct…he told me the previous 24 hrs weather had reminded him all too wellraininprovence.jpg¬†of 2002, and that was a complete disaster. My heart goes out to them…



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