Burgundy producers' views on climate change

Freddy Mugnier of Chambolle-Musigny photographed by Steen Öhman

Matthew Hayes follows up his report on the effects of climate change on the Côte d'Or with interviews at Domaines de Villaine, J-F Mugnier and Mongeard-Mugneret as well as with new négociant Laurent Ponsot. This portrait of Freddy Mugnier was taken by Steen Öhman of www.winehog.org. Update on frost risk at the bottom of this article.

For any devotee of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Burgundy’s Côte d’Or is the very heart of the matter. Climate change presents both grape varieties with a very French, very existential problem. The French love to talk about l’exception française, but how to preserve...