The week in pictures

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It may look like some old-world festival illuminations but these mini fires are actually there to prevent frost damage to the Chardonnay vines in Chablis. Winegrowers across the Burgundy region have been forced to take drastic action as freezing temperatures threatened vines during the crucial period of budbreak this week. Photo: BIVB / Aurélien IBANEZ

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As db reported, vineyards throughout the Burgundy region have been affected – the higher sites of Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois the most seriously.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known and it will probably not be until next week that the full effects of the freezing weather become clear. Photo: BIVB / Aurélien IBANEZ

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