Year after year, winemakers in Champagne dread the late-spring temperature drops that result in destructive frosts and wipe out their potential harvests. On the 25th April, two days earlier than last…

Champagne frost 2017

Year after year, winemakers in Champagne dread the late-spring temperature drops that result in destructive frosts and wipe out their potential harvests.

On the 25th April, two days earlier than last year, harsh frosty conditions devastated the many growing regions of Champagne. Dizy, home to Domaine Jacquesson, did not escape. Jacquesson tells us that they estimate the loss of two thirds of their Côte des Blancs production and a third of the yield from Grande Vallée de la Marne.

While some believe that this year’s frost has been less severe than the frosts of 2003 and 2016, concerns remain as the weather forecasts predict more freezing temperatures to come and a second bout of frost.

Climate change seems to be impacting marginal climates more dramatically over the last decade or two.

Jacquesson frost 2017

* Images courtesy of Jacquesson

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