Beau­jo­lais hit by re­newed hail­storms

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

The Beau­jo­lais re­gion has been hit by se­vere hail­storms for the sec­ond time in a month (pic­tured right), prompt­ing calls for gov­ern­ment aid to res­cue hard-hit es­tates whose fu­ture may be at risk.

North­ern Beau­jo­lais, in­clud­ing the re­gion’s fa­mous crus, suf­fered a vi­o­lent hail­storm on the evening of 24 June, with the dam­age wors­ened by ac­com­pa­ny­ing strong winds and 80mm of rain.

Up to 80% of Fleurie’s vine­yards were feared ‘ to­tally de­stroyed’ by the hail, said its Mayor Frédéric Miguet, with a land­slide spread­ing soil on the roads and po­ten­tially dis­rupt­ing vine­yards fur­ther.

Moulin-à-Vent was also hard-hit: bio­dy­namic wine­maker Thibault LigerBe­lair es­ti­mated that 75% of his 2016 crop was lost. Mor­gon was im­pacted, but the Côte de Py was only mod­er­ately af­fected.

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