An Indian summer and burst of September sunshine in Bordeaux may have rescued the fortunes of the 2014 vintage.
Languedoc-Roussillon has become the latest region of France to experience severe hailstorms, with some grape crops completely wiped out.
A vicious hailstorm has ravaged the Côte de Beaune for the third year in a row with damage to the vines ranging from 40% to 90% across the region.
Large swathes of Bordeaux vines have been destroyed after two nights of hail storms, torrential rain and lightening swept across France.
The devastating hailstorms which hit Entre Deux Mers and other Bordeaux regions this summer may prove a breaking point for the many producers who are struggling to stay in business.
Grapes destined for dry white wine were most affected by last week’s storm in Bordeaux, which will have a knock-on-effect of the pricing of the 2013 vintage.
The damage to vineyards in Bordeaux from a 10-minute hailstorm last Friday is now thought to be in the region of 20,000 hectares.
The hailstorms that ripped through France last weekend destroyed 300 hectares of vines in the Champagne region, it has been confirmed.
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