Report from the Vineyards
Jason Haynes, Stannary St. Wine Co.'s Burgundy buyer and director, spends several months per year in Burgundy. During his time there he catches up with our producers, tastes through their wines and receives an in-depth analysis from each producer of what Mother Nature delivers each vintage.
As some of you may have heard, Burgundy (as well as many other parts of France) was hit by severe frost in the early morning of 27 April. The Côte de Beaune was worst affected by the conditions, with some producers reporting up to 80% of their vines damaged. It is considered the worst frost in over 30 years. This was at an extremely crucial time when the vines were just starting to bud. Winemakers are now waiting to see if there is a second bud-break, but that can cause problems of its own.
It is absolutely devastating for the Burgundians to see this happen. They have had many problems with the weather recently, with hail being a major threat over the past few years. Now, to be hit again with such destruction is horrible.
The video below shows Jason with Alex Moreau, winemaker of Domaine Bernard Moreau, in the vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet discussing the suffering that they and other producers, are currently going through.