Beaujolais hit by renewed hailstorms
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.