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What is the climate in the Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcconais?
The climate is moderate continental with cold winters and warm summers
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By what is the climate moderated in the Côte d'Or?
The Côte d'Or is protected by the Morvan hills to the west
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Riping Pinot Noir is a precarious business in a cool vintage and can result in under-ripe tannins in the finished wines. Where do vine growers in the Côte d'Or focus on?
Promoting the ripeness of skins and pips is a priority for growers of Pinot Noir in Burgundy.
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What factors influence the potential quality of individual sites?
Aspect - welk onderdeel
Altitude - hoogte
Degree of slope -Heilingsgraad hoe stijl is de helling
Soil - bodem
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Why are spring frosts in Burgundy a significant problem?
Spring frosts are a significant problem and may substantially reduce yields if they occur after budburst, particularly  because both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are early budding grape varieties.
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When can hail be problem in Burgundy and why?
  • Hail can be a problem throughout the growing season - April/ May
  • --> it can damage the growth of the vine and this can lead to reduced yields or even in extreme cases total loss of the crop 2012-2015 Volnay & Pommard
  • 2013 tiny yield due to hail  
  • Hail later in the season can lead to fruit damage particularly outer parts of VSP trained vines --> risk of grey rot   
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What can they do in Burgundy to protect the vineyards of hail
  1. Anti hail netting permitted since 2018
  2. To seed thunderclouds with silver iodide
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Rain can be a problem in Burgundy when it falls at the wrong time.  When can rain be a hazard?
  • Early in the growing cycle it can disrupt budburst, flowering and fruit set, lowering yields and leading to uneven ripening
  • Extended periods in the growing season can lead to threat and fungal diseases
  • Too much  rain just before harvest can lead to dilution and rot 
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