Up to a third of some Champagne vineyards affected by heavy frosts earlier this month.
Champagne crop badly damaged by frost
Temperatures dropped to – 3°C in the Côte des Blancs, while there was more widespread damage in the Côte des Bar as temperatures fell to – 5°C.
The vines in the Côte des Bar to the south-east of Troyes, where Pinot Noir is planted, were hardest struck. Moët & Chandon winemaker Benoît Gouez said that the worst damage in the grands crus of Avize and Aÿ, where up to 18% has been damaged.
Olivier Bonville of Franck Bonville, a grower based in Avize said, ‘Frost affected about 30% of our vineyard. After the warm temperatures in March the vines were already showing two leaves.
And according to Arnaud Margaine, a grower with vineyards in Villers-Marmery, ‘We saw 15-20% of the vines damaged. But it is still too early to see the impact on the next harvest as some new buds may grow.’
Thanks to Marc Morano for pointing out this article and to Tom Nelson for the excellent title.