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Hail damage to the chardonnay vines in Anjou
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Hail amongst the vines can be devastating to an estate at any time of the year when the vines are in growth. In the Loire we recently experienced hail in the Anjou region. Surprisingly enough or maybe not there was little hail damage in the Saumur appellation area. I say or nor because the Loire has very distinct micro climates which tend to be very much in line with the appellation boundaries. You may scoff at this but it is true and I experienced this with the hail storm this week. We live right on the boundary between the Anjou and Saumur appellations. We had a little hail. We visited an Anjou estate with some wine tour guests this week to see the damage caused by the hail. Luckily most of the damage was on the leaves as the bunches are just forming and we have not yet reached the flowering stage. Hopefully there will be little longer term effect. In Saumur by contrast there was no hail just down the road from us in Puy Notre Dame. Terroir is all important in the designation of the appellation areas.
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