14 June 2021

THE APRIL 2021 FROST

The powers of nature remind us each year that the winegrower's harvest comes from them.

Sometimes they are generous in quantity (2018) or in quality (particularly 2014 and 2017) and sometimes much more parsimonious as in 2012 and 2013 with the hail and in 2016 with the spring frost.

After the months of February and March which alternated between seasonal cold during the first two weeks and mild weather at the end of the month, the vines have started their growth very early. The beginning of April became very cold with a strong north wind which led to an episode of frost on 6, 7 and 8 of April.

The first night we lit the candles at 1am. The weather was dry with a light wind and the negative temperatures did not affect the vines. It started to snow on the evening of the 6th of April, followed by a frost episode between -2° and -6°C in some places. The candles had all been lit, but in the end could not do anything against the damp and cold of that night.

In the morning, it is dismaying and we are already talking about the loss of half the crop. The third night saw the same frosty weather with a high ambient humidity. Here too, the candles were lit but the frost was unimpeded. In the early morning, it was still dismay and some people wondered if there would be anything left to harvest.

Spring frost has become our new reality. Winters are shorter, less cold and the first signs of spring can be felt as early as February. The vines grow very early and the frost is even more devastating.

In writing these lines, the winegrowers of Puligny and the whole Côte are gathering to think about collective protection solutions that are more efficient and less polluting than candles, which make beautiful pictures but give off an acrid and greasy smoke that must be stopped.


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