The cold snap that hit France this week caused Burgundy winegrowers to fear the worst.
Under threat was the famous Chablis vineyards, where last year the crop was devastated by unseasonal rain and frost in April, followed by hail in June.
One winemaker in Maligny said: “I think that we are close to 50% losses on the farm, and after the year 2016 that we lived through, it is a bit desperate. We set up heaters on some of our plots, but when we go below -5 ° C, they are ineffective.”
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“Not only Russia had late frosts,” says Victor. “It happened all over Europe. There are spectacular images from France where the farmers try to save their crops from frost.”