Leaf removal (on the afternoon-sun side of the vine)
Leaf removal on the afternoon-sun side of the vine involves stripping off all or some of the leaves in the cluster zone.
The aim of the operation is to improve air circulation in the clusters. It also encourages better phenolic maturity (tannins) and reduces the risk of disease.
Generally performed in late August, it completes the work carried out when lateral shoots were removed in the early summer.
Many thanks Cédric Mauguet (Vineyard team manager – Château de Sales)!