Hail hits Chablis on wine harvest eve

news  %tages Hail hits Chablis on wine harvest eveA hail storm has terribly affected vineyards in parts of Chablis and several neighbouring Burgundy appellations days previous to the 2015 wine harvest is due to start. Vines flowering in ChablisJust when Burgundy winemakers dared to hope for the first hail free growing season for several years, storms arrived during the evening of Monday 31 and early hours of 1 September.
Early estimates suggest 100 hectares have been affected in Chablis, around 2% of the AOC Chablis vineyard, with premier cru vines worse hit than grands crus.
There is now liable to be a rush to pick grapes from hurt vines to avoid the prospect of rot.

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Michel Laroche, of Domaine d’Henri, told Decanter.com that the southeast parts of AOC Chablis, around Clos, Blanchot, Chapelot and Bréchain, have been terribly hit.
‘The vines that have been hailed upon need to be harvested from tomorrow until the end of the week to http://1000-facts-about-wine.com avoid the threat of rot,’ Laroche said, who has seen hail on around three hectares of his own vines.
‘Happily they are already at excellent levels of maturity and the weather forecast for the rest of the week is honestly excellent, with a northerly wind that will help dry out the grapes.’
Damien Leclerc, the director of La Chablisiene cooperative in Chablis, said some parts of the Montée de Tonnerre were hurt, but the Mont de Milieu fared better.
Neighbouring appellation Irancy appears to have been worst affected of all in the area, but efforts to assess hurt have been hampered by heavy downpours of rain of up to 100m. Chitry and Saint-Bris appellations were also hit.
‘There is subdue some harvest left,’ Thierry Richoux, of Domaine Thierry Richoux, told French journalists. ‘But it’s a shame, as it was looking so excellent. And as acidity is already pretty low, we need to go quickly now’.
Editing by Ellie Douglas and Chris Mercer.
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