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Wine Spectator: Tornado And Hail Devastate Famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyard

August 25, 2022

On the afternoon of Aug. 14, a violent storm and small tornado hit the French town of Bédarrides, with 120 mph wind gusts and large hailstones inflicting damage in vineyards along the eastern side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. According to reports from local vignerons, the primary impact was felt in La Crau, the famed vineyard on a plateau in the southeast of the appellation, considered by many to be Châteauneuf’s finest parcel.

Well-known wineries, including Vieux Télégraphe, Château La Nerthe, Château de Nalys, Domaine La Boutinière and Guillaume Gonnet, among others, source fruit from this lieu-dit for their top cuvées. “We estimate that we have lost today between 70% to 90% of the grapes in our Vieux Télégraphe plots,” said Daniel Brunier, the fifth generation to run his family’s estate. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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