4 200 billion secateur snips

Article from 11-06-2006

From Decembre to late March, braving the cold and rain, Loire Valley growers waited for spring pruning their vines.

A veritable clash of Titans: thanks to an average of 12 snips with their secateurs per vine (depending on pruning method), average density of 5000 plants per hectare, which makes no less than 4 200 billion secateur snips carried out, from Nantes to Sancerre, on the region’s 70,000 hectares of vines!

Apart from pretty snowfall, on 4th March in Muscadet and 6th March in Anjou and the Tour area, which turned the vineyards into a postcard landscape, the region didn’t witness any weather out of the ordinary.

Late March, the first buds appeared on the canes left on each vine.
But rather cool temperatures in March and April resulted in a slightly late “bud break”, i.e. the buds bursting out allowing the first leaves to appear. Depending on the area, this delay was about a week later than 2004 and 2 weeks later than 2003 and 2002.

The warm spell in late April and late May allowed the first leaves to appear.

Guillaume Lapaque

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