Starting with Frost,
potential disasters have happened during these two nights.
Between the 6th and 7th of April, French wine productors used fire to protect their vineyards against the cold and the frost
They used several methods, at different costs: candles, tea, warm cables, helicopters flying low over vines to move hot air around in a desperate attempt to save their vines …
Although we are confident, it is difficult today to measure the true damages caused. We need to wait for the harvest season, which will start around the end of August.
Today, experts say that 80% of French vineyards have been impacted by these weather conditions.
Most of the wine-producing region in France has been affected. Only Alsace, parts of Champagne and the Cognac region have been spared.
“I think that we are strong enough to get through this crisis thanks to the solid culture of wine in France and its favorable image overseas,” Christophe Chateau said, who represents winemakers and wine merchants in the Bordeaux region.
After a tough beginning of April, the end of the month welcomes the annual “primeur” season – a time to taste the new Bordeaux wines of the year.