from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease affecting grapes, esp. in California, manifested by the premature dropping of the fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sterility in plants, or failure to produce fruit after blossoming, owing to the washing away of the pollen by excessive rains.


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  • However, the Bordelais did not replant carmenere because it is susceptible to coulure, also known as "shatter," a metabolic condition triggered by wet, rainy conditions that cause grapes to fail to develop after flowering.

    The Roanoke Times: Home page

  • Sensitivity to frost and proclivity to shatter or coulure (a disease that results in premature fruit drop) is the primary reason that Malbec has become a decreasing factor in most of France.

    CellarTracker Tasting Notes (all notes)

  • Dourthe reported that the weather settled down during May, encouraging good growth, but rain and cold at flowering caused widespread coulure (failure to produce fruit) and millerandage

    Decanter News

  • Cool and damp conditions caused widespread coulure (failure to produce fruit) in Muscat Ottonel in particular, dramatically lowering yields.

    Decanter News

  • Less wine will be produced in 2009 due in part to coulure - or shattering - during the June flowering period, when cold rainy weather resulted in less and smaller grapes per bunch.

    Decanter News

  • The downy mildew threat was high here in the north of the M├ędoc, but as far as coulure was concerned, apart from old vines which are very prone, we were much less affected than in other appellations.

    planet bordeaux

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