Hailstones 'the size of cricket balls' cause further damage to Bordeaux





One of Bordeaux's most important white wine growing regions, Entre-deux-Mers, has sustained serious damage after a huge hailstorm ripped through the region on Friday.

Early estimates indicate that about 4,000 hectares of vines have been effected causing in excess of €20 million worth of damage. According to news wire AFP, the hailstones were as big as cricket balls and not only were many of the vines stripped bare, but birds were said to have been killed during the storm.

The region and its weather weary producers are currently assessing what exactly can be salvaged from the decimated area and given that many of them are not insured, reports indicate that some growers are exploring the possibility of seeking substantial government aid and zero-rated loans to help manage the financial impact.

Chateau Bonnet, one of the region’s best-known producers who produce 1.5 million bottles of white and 1 million bottles of red a year, endured significant damage from the storm.

“We lost about 280 hectares out of a total 300,” Owner André Lurton told Decanter.
Entre-Deux-Mers is a region east of the city of Bordeaux between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, producing mainly generic red, rose and white Bordeaux wines as well as designated-origin whites.

The storm is the second to hit the Bordeaux region in as many weeks, with the Medoc region being hit by heavy rain and hailstones in late July. The Champagne region of France has also been hit by a spate of unpredictable weather patterns causing damage to the harvest and subsequent yield predictions for the 2013 vintage.
 
Main image by Bill Kirkpatrick 
 
 

Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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