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Wine Spectator: Hail Shatters Burgundy’s Hope for a Promising Crop

July 1, 2014

A violent storm unleashed its wrath on Burgundy’s vineyards in the late afternoon of June 28, Wine Spectator reports, affecting an area from Chassagne-Montrachet to Beaune in the southern half of the Côte d’Or and Nuits-St.-Georges to Morey-St.-Denis in the north. The full damage has yet to be assessed, but Volnay, Pommard and the southern premiers crus of Beaune were the hardest hit. Estimates place the damage there at roughly 70% to 80% crop loss. The impact on other areas was approximately 20% to 30%.

“It is another blow dealt by fate on the Côte de Beaune, and especially on Beaune, Pommard and Volnay,” said Anne Parent, proprietor of Domaine Parent in Pommard. “Premiers crus of Pommard were very affected. We estimate between 50% to 80% damage. We are waiting for the experts during the week to get a more precise estimation.”

In Beaune, the Clos des Mouches was also damaged, with 50% to 70% loss of grapes according to Philippe Drouhin, estates manager for Maison Joseph Drouhin. This is the third year in a row that hail has damaged vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.

The Côte de Nuits was not spared this year, but reports say there was less impact. “The damage doesn’t look too bad for the Côte de Nuits,” said Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac. “There was a bit of initial panic. We all know how much worse it could have been.”

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