Beginning of April, budbreak has started in the vines. Tying-down is now finished and we just have to wait for the vines to grow before we begin to debud.
Unfortunately, when the vines just started growing, the weather forecast announces a few days of frost in the vineyard.
This year again, we have to fight against frost. We use everything we can to protect the vines. Candles, hay fires and helicopters are used to preserve the crop in Burgundy.
In the end, thanks to our efforts and with a bit of luck, damages and losses are quite limited.
Now that the risk of frost is (almost) gone, it is time to start plowing the soils. First step is to soften the soil and remove winter's grass.
All plots of the Domaine must be plowed in order to avoid competition between vine and grass.
Finally, we finish the month with our first Biodynamic spray in the vineyard. This year, we will spray a 500P preparation added with some valerian to reduce the post-frost stress.
This first try is "energize" the vines by hand.
Now, the seasonal help is going to join us and we are about to start the "travaux en verts"(various tasks while the vines grow).
Le Domaine Jessiaume