25.07.2013On Tuesday 23rd evening, a big hail hit vineyards between Meursault and Aloxe-Corton.
As always just after hail we are depressed; the vineyards look ugly and within 100m things can change quite a lot. So it is not easy to be accurate in reporting the damage. There is the current damage but also induced damage that might show up later (rot, downy mildew, stem damage consequences...). Today, an initial audit shows that the bottom of Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-les-Beaune and the top of the Beaune hills (among which Clos des Mouches) were the worst hit. Volnay Clos-des-Chênes and Pommard Chanlins from our estate were also hit but to a more reasonable degree (20-30 % ?).
Meursault is the southern end of the hail impact and the village is not severely affected. Our Meursault Luraule has not suffered at all.
Hail does not necessarily mean bad wine, particularly with white wines and especially before "veraison". The Beaune Clos des Mouches 2004 white was badly hit twice and is an outstanding wine, as you all know!
Fortunately we remain positively impressed by the potential quality in the rest of the Côte de Beaune, in Côte de Nuits, Mâconnais, Côte Chalonnaise and especially Chablis.