This post is just a little photo show of what the Renaudière vineyard is looking like in mid-August. The grapes are ripening rapidly and all the vines have been pruned to give them maximal amounts of warm sunlight.
I was just watching a news report about the severe heat wave affecting the U.S. Southwest. Temperatures in Phoenix AZ and Palm Springs CA hit 117ºF — 47ºC — yesterday. One of our neighbors is, I think, out there right now. Meanwhile, here in Saint-Aignan the weather has turned much cooler, with chilly mornings (13ºC or 55ºF on our thermometer right now) and pleasant afternoons. I'm sure this is ideal weather for the vines and the grapes.