The hail was relatively short-lived, being quickly replaced by heavy rain – but the storm was violent and, while it lasted, the size of the hail was ‘considerable’. The perfect illustration (right) comes from a friend who lives in Beaune.
I’ll update this post during the day as more news filters through. “Hopefully it is less sad that it first looks” was my guarded response, but based on two vigneron’s responses, hardly so in the Côte de Beaune which was hit pretty hard. Pinot noir in Volnay, Pommard and Monthélie have losses of up-to 50% (the damaged grapes are already turning brown) – the worst in the flat of the land – yet some vines have hardly been touched. Here’s an example in Volnay Caillerets – to add insult to injury, Saturday was the annual ‘Elegance de Volnay’ in the village…
After a 1st tour in the vineyards of Pommard & Beaune after the 2 hailstorms: damages =50% (so far…) Vintage 2012 will be rare!
— Caroline PARENT GROS (@cparentgros) June 30, 2012