A Hailstorm In France Has Destroyed All The Champagne You Could Have Been Drinking This Winter

Anything but the champers!

A Hailstorm In France Has Destroyed All The Champagne You Could Have Been Drinking This Winter

Brutal hailstorms have affected the Champagne region of France, damaging around 1,800 hectares of the wine region and destroying thousands of possible bottles of wine you could have been enjoying with your friends on a cosy winter night out.

The region's Champagne Committee said that the storms impacted over 1,000 vines, equalling about 3% of the champagne-growing area (which sounds small, but is actually pretty intense). 

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Whilst speaking to The Telegraphthe Committee’s communications director, Thibaut Le Mailloux, said that the storms came at one of the worst times of the year.

"Three per cent of the potential future harvest vanished before our eyes. And it happened at a very bad time, as the vines are only starting to flower this week."

The Committee also said that violent storms like this are extremely unusual and have destroyed vines in Vitry-en-Perthois, the Marne Valley, and Côte des Bar.

There is a reserve system in place, with winemakers in the affected regions allowing champagne growers to mix their champagne with earlier supplies, however, Le Mailloux said some growers in the region may not have enough reserves to cover the lost crops.

Hail also impacted the Bordeaux and Cognac regions in France last weekend, with some growers losing all of their vines!

Here's hoping these hard-working winemakers get a good few months of weather to bounce back!

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