dark weekend in the vineyard

There will be damage, but at this stage of bud development – some very swollen ones may be frozen before true bud burst – it is difficult to assess before vegetation resumes within a few days.“, notes Charles Philipponnat, CEO of the champagne of the same name in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The situation was much more critical in Chandelier: “It would drop down to -7°C» complains about Odilon de Varine, the cellar master of Champagne Gosset. Bollinger CEO Charles-Armand de Belenet explains that in the Verzenay sector, even if the weather is slightly cooler (between -3 and -4°C), “the sun is gorgeous this morning, it risks burning the buds”.

Hard hit on Chablis

Farther south, Chablis was once again badly damaged by frost. “Temperatures dropped to -5°C overnight from Saturday to Sunday and -6.7°C in some places this morning, According to Damien Leclerc, managing director of La Chablisienne. We will see more clearly in a few days, but this is a new blow. Two years in a row is too much.. In Burgundy, the latest news is more reassuring and “losses should be limitedThe managing director of the Leflaive property in Pulligny-Montrachet told AFP Pierre Vincent. “However, in the lower reaches of the village, temperatures dropped to -5°C.», but the vine was less precocious than last year, the buds already appeared only in a limited number of plots. In Mâconnais, temperatures are finally “Jérôme Chevalier, president of the Mâcon Manufacturers Association, is delighted that the maximum temperature does not fall below -2°C. This made it possible to limit the effects of frost. Winemakers relieved after so much suffering“In the Rhone Valley, frost struck again for two nights,”but it is not proportional to what we experienced last year. At the moment Dentelles is very reassuring in the Montmirail sector and in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. says consultant oenologist Xavier Vignon. Many winemakers learned last year’s lessons and were pruned late, with real consequences on the start of vegetation.“.

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Cognac is highly preserved

On the western front, it was not time to evaluate again. If the thermometer had dropped to -4°C in places in Muscadet, dry air would have prevented the worst. “In 2022 we will have muscadetWelcome to François Robin, communication delegate of the Nantes Wine Federation, Ivan Massonnat, owner of Domaine Belargus in Val-du-Layon, was -4°C this morning and acknowledges that we will suffer losses of at least 50% even if the vines are less developed than last year. The fault was a bad morning mist that brought terrible humidity. Only in our Quarts-de-Chaume lands, where we concentrate our tools, the damage is limited“. In Cognac, and more specifically in Grande Champagne, “Representing almost all grape varieties, ugni blanc was quite late and unaffected or only slightly affected.Jean-Pierre Cointreau, CEO of Cognac Frapin, says.

Welcome to stock up in Bordeaux

On the Bordeaux side, the Garonne valley recorded negative temperatures as low as -4°C, but with ambient humidity the buds may have frozen. “Merlots on the right bank are particularly affected“Wilfrid Groizard, Managing Director of Château Latour-Martillac, fears that if his property is donated, winemakers with underrated titles will find it difficult to hold on in these conditions. After two nights on deck in Saint-Emilion, the fatigue intensifies.”There’s a lot of the vine still in the cotton and with -2 to -3°C I think we missed it.It points to François DEspagne, owner of Château Grand Corbin DEspagne. She is cautious, however, and admits to holding her candles in case new frosts occur by the Ice Saints in mid-May. Similar to Pomerol: “We come out of two nights of intervention on the vines without really understanding what’s going on.Explains Vincent Montigaud, Managing Director of the Château de Sales.

Candles and wind turbines

On the other side of the Garonne, at Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan’s Grand Cru Classé, we didn’t hesitate to light thousands of candles to raise the temperature. The consequences of the frost appear to be more intense than in 2021 and the affected areas recovered last year. Important vehicles were commissioned in Sauternes. Château Guiraud received the six wind turbines ordered on Thursday evening, just in time for the weekend. “Last year we lost 98% of the harvest with frost, but the vegetative stage was three weeks ahead of this year. We remain optimistic and we will learn more with the flower“, says Clémence Planty, director of communications. Again it will take a few days before we get an idea of ​​the damage. Winemakers remain vigilant with the risk of a new frost for the next night on the Bordeaux-Limoges-Dijon axis.

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