Dear wine lovers,
Last week was when days were the longest of the year and boy, we did need that extra time to work !
It started on Sunday where, after another 80 mm of rain during the week, I HAD to go and put copper and sulfur in the vines. You can see evidence of this by looking at the right sleeve of my tee shirt. Working organically is great for the vines but when the weather is that humid, they are not protected more than a week from our dear Mildiou and Oidium fungus. During that long day, my "sulfateuse" lost power and it took me 3 hours to fix it in order to finish by sunset.
Then I returned to Les Arcs-sur-Argens to help organize the big move. During
that time, another move took place (!) when 13 concrete tanks and an old press machine who belonged to my cousin made it to our cellar here in Sainte Cécile. Thanks to my brother, Jacques, who welcomed them, I have some pictures to show you.
When we moved on Thursday, I discovered, with the biggest joy, that we have
almost everything we need to harvest in September !
The remodeling of our 300 year old farmhouse continues as well. Our friend Michel removed and, by recuperating old tiles, created a brand new Provençal roof on half of the total roof surface. Plumbers and electricians are also working hard to make good use of these long days.
Jean-Marc Espinasse - Domaine Rouge-Bleu