Sunday, 29 June 2014
Hail hits part of Burgundy for 3rd year running
Vouvray: 23rd September 2014: still unrepaired
damage from 17th June 2013 storm
To date Loire vineyards have fortunately escaped
serious hail damage this year.
Here is a very moving report from scott paul wines on yesterday's violent storm that hit Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, and Beaune. All the more devastating as the 2014 crop had been looking very good:
'Violent hail in the vineyards – a report from VolnayRead the rest here.
So tough to face a series of natural disasters resulting in several very short vintages and all the financial implications this brings. It was noticeable during June in the Loire how the spirits and morale of the producers rose as they could see that they had cleared two major hurdles during the growing season – no frost despite a very early budbreak and a successful flowering in ideal conditions during June. One could literally see them breathe more easily!
Of course there is a long way to go yet, so fingers firmly crossed!