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“The whole Domaine was affected but more particularly the plots whose buds were well advanced, therefore especially in Chardonnay. On the front line, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet with of course the hill of Montrachet. Then Saint-Landry, Coline de Corton. Even if the Pinot Noir seems to be doing a little better, Beaune, Monthélie, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny whose Bonnes-Mares have also been hit hard. The development of young plants is also impacted and will be delayed. Candles were put in place on our Montrachet and La Cabotte plots on the coldest nights (April 6.7 and Monday 10th) but they were not enough to counter the exceptional conditions.
Nevertheless, we still need to wait until May 11-13 to “be sure” that the frost won’t be again a threat. We still have at least 15 more complicated days left for our teams. In any case, the vintage will be complicated, the vine has been “injured” and stressed, so the growth and the fruits will be affected. There are still many stages and potentially other trials to go through before the harvest (diseases, hail, drought, etc.). The vines remain fragile and this will require a great deal of effort and increased vigilance from the teams this summer, but also for pruning in order to minimize the impact on the 2022 vintage.
We will have to wait for fruit to set, around mid-June, to make a first assessment and plan a little more for the 2021 vintage.”