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Yonne: 2,000 hectares of vineyards struck by hail

Par Vitisphere Le 14 juin 2016
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Yonne: 2,000 hectares of vineyards struck by hail

016 will undoubtedly go down in Burgundian history as one of its most disastrous years from a weather perspective. After hail in the Mâcon area, black ice at the end of April and a hailstorm in Chablis just two weeks ago, another hailstorm struck vineyards on Friday May 27 at around 4pm. Once again, the Yonne area was affected, with some vineyards in Auxerre and Chablis totally destroyed.

Arriving from the West, hail fell on vineyards in the Auxerre area first. The storm was unusually severe: “It was really dramatic”, explains Jean-Hugues Goisot, a wine grower in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux. “For fifteen minutes, hailstorms as big as cherries fell. There was a 50cm layer on the ground. The oldest people in the village had never seen such a storm before!”

Moving from West to East, the storm then head towards Chablis, this time affecting the southern part of the vineyard, unlike the previous incident on May 13 which damaged the north. The village of Prehy was severely hit with its entire vineyard destroyed. Neighbouring localities Saint-Cyr-les-Colons, Chichée, Courgis, Chemilly-sur-Serein and Poilly-sur-Serein also suffered the brunt of the storm, but apparently to a lesser degree. Total vineyard area affected by this latest hailstorm is estimated at around 2,000 hectares.


Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Aurélie Godard.

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