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23 Jan 2008
 

Below is my best shot at an electronic representation of Bill Blatch's diagram of the day by day progression of picking in the 2007 harvest in Bordeaux. My apologies for the wiggly lines (Julia, on holiday, would be horrified) and the occasional wobble. I hope you can make sense of it nevertheless. Note that the numbers in the Sauternes 'column' refer to which trie, passage through the vines to pick, was taking place at that point. See the key to symbols and footnotes at the bottom of the table - JR.

Aug

27 M    22-35° s/dr     2 mm

28 Tu    21-35°     sh/s     1 mm            Whites

29 W     15-19°     r         19 mm            I

30 Th    13-22°     s                              I

31 F     11-24° c/dr     1 mm          I

Sep

01 Sa    12-25°     c/s                           I

02 Su    13-25°     s                              I                                                        

03 M    12-23°  dr/s    1 mm         I

04 Tu    15-22°     s                              I                                                                      

05 W     11-23°     s                             I                                                                            

06 Th    13-25°     s                              I                                     
07 F     15-25°   s                    I                                                  

08 Sa    13-25°     s                             I                                                        

09 Su    13-27°     s                             I                                         Sauternes           

10 M      13-27° s                       I                                  1st trie

11 Tu    13-24°     s                              I                                                           1

12 W     12-22°     s                             I                                                           1

13 Th    10-28°     s                             I                                                        1    

14 F      15-28°     s                   I                                    1

15 Sa    12-29°     s                              I                                              1

16 Su    13-31°     s/sh     1 mm             I      Merlot                                  1

17 M   8-25°     s/dr   1 mm         I        I                             1

18 T      10-20°     s                              I        I                                     1

19 W     05-20°     s                              I        I                                     1       

20 Th    07-23°     s                              I        I                                           1

21 F    08-30°  s/dr     1 mm         I        I                                  1

22 Sa    15-20°     sh       10 mm            I         I        Cab      Cab              1      

23 Su    11-24°     s                            I         I            Franc     Sauvi    1

24 M    -22°     s/dr       2 mm      I         I          I             I         1+2

25 Tu    10-18°     sh       10 mm*          I         I             I              I            1+2      

26 W     10-17°     c/s                                     I                 I           I           1+2

27 Th    07-15°     s                                       I                 I           I           1+2

28 F    07-20°   s                               I            I           I       1+2

29 Sa    10-17°     c/sh       4 mm                     I                 I           I          

30 Su    12-25°     c/s/sh    6 mm                     I                 I           I

Oct

01 M   18-24°     r       5 mm                I             I           I           2+3

02 Tu    17-26°     sh/c/s    1 mm                     I             I           I              2+3

03 W     17-24°     s/c                                    I             I              I                 2+3

04 Th    17-25°     dr/s       1 mm                     I             I              I                 2+3

05 F   17-22°   c/r      22 mm**          I             I           I            2+3     

06 Sa    17-20°     c/s                                     I             I           I                

07 Su    15-22°     f/s                                     I             I           I                 3+4       

08 M  15-21°   f/s                             I             I           I                 3+4

09 Tu    12-19°     s/c/sh    6 mm                     I             I           I             3+4         

10 W     14-18°     r/c/s      5 mm                     I             I           I            

11 Th    10-19°     s                                       I             I           I                 3+4

12 F   08-19°   f/s                                                  I                 3+4

13 Sa    07-20°     f/s                                                               I             3+4 

14 Su    08-24°     f/s                                                                I             3+4

15 M   10-25°   f/s                                                  I             3+4

16 Tu    12-24°     s                                                                  I             3+4

17 W     12-20°     dr/s       2 mm                                                I             3+4

18 Th    12-19°     s                                                                  I             3+4

19 F   05-17°    s                                                    I             3+4

20 Sa    05-16°     s                                                                                       3+4

21 Su    02-16°     s                                                                                3+4

22 M      05-15s                                                                   3+4+5+6

23 Tu    05-15°     s                                                                                4+5+6+7

24 W     01-13°     s                                                                                4+5+6+7

25 Th    05-12°     s                                                                                4+5+6+7

26 F      03-14°  s                                                                                       4+5+6+7

27 Sa    02-14°     s                                                                                4+5+6+7

                                                                          

The Sauternes  “tries” continued up to 12 Nov

Bold type = the main days of harvesting

c  = Cloud           f = Fog                             

s   = Sun             r = Rain                                                                                     

sh = Showers       dr= Drizzle                                               

Figures are for Mérignac

* = Rainfall figure for the town of Bordeaux; very little elsewhere

**= Rainfall figure for the town of Bordeaux only; no rainfall elsewhere