A very violent hailstorm with huge hailstones hit Bordeaux on May 26th. It is as yet unclear how many hectares of vineyards have been affected, but probably at least a few thousand in southern Médoc, Bourg, Blaye and in Charente, the Cognac region.
Vines that would have been in bloom the following week have now lost all their leaves. Also parts of the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Bar in Champagne have been hit by hail.
A few days later some other parts of France, notably Burgundy, had heavy rainstorms that also caused damage, and also in the Douro Valley… It will be a tough year again for many wine producers.
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