Hail hits Chablis on wine harvest eve

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. Read more