This is what the shoots looks like approximately 2 weeks after their first appearance. The future grape bunches are now clearly visible, and the recent sunshine and warm weather is encouraging growth. They are now adding at least 2cm a day.
Winemakers however are concerned about the risk of mildew. The winter was exceptionally wet, and relatively mild, and this encourages the propagation of the mildew spores, which become active come spring. The main problem is in the early growth stages of the plant, when the young leaves are particularly susceptible, and have not yet developed any resistance. Every further spell of wet humid weather during this period of high risk, brings worried looks and forecasts of potential problems ahead. However earlier today I met Jane of Domaine Jane et Sylvain, owners of a small organic estate in Gevrey. She was walking her dogs alongside their plot in Fonteny. She indicated that the recent warm weather and dry winds had probably staved off the worst of the threat, and she was relatively upbeat about the condition of her vines. She was more concerned about the risk of frost over the next two weeks, with the memories of the damage done by the April frost in 2016 still very fresh in her winemakers thinking. There is always something to worry about when farming vines!