Just read this in the local Saone et Loire rag:
La grêle a détruit entre 50 et 80% de la récolte à venir de l’appellation Rully, située en Saône-et-Loire, lors des orages qui ont touché la Bourgogne dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi, a-t-on appris auprès des viticulteurs.
«Il y a des secteurs qui sont bien, bien touchés. On parle de 80% à 100% de perte sur certains secteurs», a déclaré à l’AFP Vincent Daux, président de l’appellation.
We're talking significant bad news for the Rully vigneron. Read the whole article at:
My experience tells me, however, that I'll be able to buy all the Rully that I want at a reasonable price when the wine comes on the market.
I recall a 'disastrous' Chablis harvest in 1987. No grower (according to the oenologist at the Chablis cooperative at the time) hauled in a crop with a potential alcohol of more than 9.5%. Yet there was plenty of 1987 Chablis to be had in the coming years with more than 12% alcohol by volume. Don't recall any investigations being made for over-chaptilized Chablis at the time. A similar case (not wine however) in Tuscany sometime in the late 1980s. Severe frost had destroyed virtually all the olive trees in Tuscany - including those at Badia a Coltibuono (a reputable wine and olive oil producer). Yet there was no shortage of Tuscan olive oil in the following years - including that from Badia a Coltibuono.
How reliable are such notices in the end? Or - how reliable (and honest) are the growers when confronted with such 'disaster'?