to MARCH : The
The vineyard lost its leaves and is in its rest period.
APRIL: The "tears"
of the vineyard.
the sap starts to appear at the end of the stems, which were
cut towards the end of the winter; they are called the "tears".
According to the soil and the type of control of the vine chosen,
each stock will lose a few litres of sap.
the beginning May the blossoming of the buds occurs; it is the
"débourrement". The young shoots, of a soft
green, appear then and the leafing accelerates as soon as the
ground warms itself.
the period of growth of the branches and the sheets, the foliage
develop, then appear small bunches with tiny buttons which will
grow bigger and become flowers. It conditions the date of the grape harvests (100 days later).
appear towards mid&SHY;June and last from ten to twenty days
during which the vine is very vulnerable to freezing.
summer, each grape grows in volume without any important change
in its chemical composition, if not slight increase in its acidity.
Ripening and maturation.
in mid&SHY;August the skin of the grape starts to change color:
of green dark, it becomes, according to type of vine, greenish
white, gilded, orange or purplish. It is the beginning of the
maturation itself, during which the grain will continue to grow
bigger. The maturity of the grain of grape corresponds to the
balance between the maximum output of sugar which it can contain
versus the degree of acidity.
The fall of leaves.
Leaves change color and fall. The vineyard enters the phase of vegetative rest.