Chablis confident of ‘excellent’ vintage
Chablis producers are confident of an “excellent” vintage despite the recent hail, which affected some 300 hectares in total.
A clearer picture has now emerged of the extent of the damage after initial reports said anywhere between 2-15% of the vineyards – mostly premier and grand crus – had been hit.
A report from the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) has stated that 5% of the surface area in Chablis – 200-300ha – was hit in the storm. A “few” plots of premier and grand cru have apparently suffered “partial” damage.
Further south where the storm first hit, some 40ha in Saint-Bris were hit with losses ranging between 20%-50% in those plots, while Irancy was the worst hit with the appellation hit in its entirety and losses ranging from 5% to 60% depending on the plot.
The BIVB reported: “The episode caused major concern, but the damage is limited. The storm followed a straight line, sparing the majority of plots. Those vines that were hit by hail could be picked immediately as the grapes were ripe. A return to cooler, dryer weather also helps prevent any deterioration in the health of the grapes or the quality of the fruit.”
Unfortunate – and in some cases catastrophic – as the storm was, particularly after such a good growing season, the BIVB has said currently, “every indicator is positive” it will be a good vintage.
It stated: “The grapes are at optimum maturity and in excellent health, and winemakers are confidently talking about an extremely good year.
“The 2015 vintage promises to be a magnificent one right across the Bourgogne winegrowing region.”