Hail ravages vineyards in northern Medoc

 %tages Hail ravages vineyards in northern Medoc
Violent hail storms across southwest France have caused extensive hurt to vineyards in the northern Medoc province of Bordeaux.

Around 500 hectares of vines are thought to have been at least partially hurt in Lesparre, Saint-Yzan and Prignac-en-Medoc. Winemakers in the area are subdue counting the cost of the storms, which arrived during the crucial vine flowering period. Charles Chevallier, of Chateau Lafite, told Decanter.com, ‘We have not been affected so far in Pauillac, but just a few miles to the north of here some vineyards have seen their full year’s crop expire.’Many producers in Bordeaux have been crossing their fingers for a excellent crop this year, after terrible weather led to the province’s smallest harvest for 22 years in 2013.Chateau Preuillac, owned by Jean-Christophe Mau, has lost up to 80% of its vines in the storms. Mau was not confident that his vines will recover for the 2014 vintage. 'It's terrible news, but that's nature,' http://1000-facts-about-wine.com he said.Antoine Medeville, of Oenoconseil, a consultant who works across the Medoc province, said that the effects were irregular, but that immediately above Saint Estephe there were vine losses of between 25% and 100%.

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