Burgundy producers request government aid as 3,000 hectares destroyed

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Producers across Burgundy have questioned government officials for help in the form of tax relief, subsidies and funding to increase anti-hail measures, following a devastating hailstorm on Saturday.

Some 100 vintners met with Beaune sub-prefect Anne Frackowiak-Jacobs on Monday evening to assess hurts. On Tuesday evening, newly elected Beaune prefect Eric Delzant toured some of the hurt vineyards. Thiébault Hubert, president of the Volnay Vintners Association, told Decanter.com that alongside tax relief and subsidies, the producers would be requesting help in the form of funding for anti-hail generators and the potential initiation of anti-hail nets.'I hope that we get some commitment for aid because last year there was a lot of nice talk, but not much happened,' he added. Although an estimate for monetary hurts has not yet been released, Hubert reported over 3,000 hectares of vines ruined. 'Pommard really got whacked,' said Beaune-based vintner Alex Gambal. 'It’s very demoralizing, as we had a spectacular start http://1000-facts-about-wine.com with vines in gorgeous condition and perfect weather since Development 1.'More meetings are scheduled within the next week to examine possible solutions and relief for the hurts sustained, Hubert said.Reported vineyard hurt by appellation: Pommard: 70-90% hurt Volnay: 60-80% hurt Meursault: 10 to 20% hurt, but up to 80% for some premiers crus Beaune: 15-100% hurt Monthelie: between 30-70% hurt Corton (grand cru): 30-50% hurt Puligny: 1er Crus hurt between 30-40%, grands crus suffered up to 20% hurt Aloxe-Corton: 10-40% hurt Chassagne including grands crus: 5-10% hurt Saint Aubin: About 20% hurt, especially premiers crus Auxey: 10-60% hurt Ladoix: up to 40% hurt, especially higher elevation climates Savigny: 5 to 30% hurt Pernand: 10-25% hurt, especially the premiers crusVosne/Flagey: Between 5 and 20% Chambolle: Between 5 and 20% Clos de Vougeot: About 20%

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