Northern Médoc hit by hail

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Based on a report supplied by Yohan Castaing.

Update: Jean-Christophe Mau writes to Jancis to say, 'Bad news for Lesparre and Blaignan Chateaux including Preuillac… I lost between 90% and 95% of my production in 15 minutes at 3 am on last Monday morning. Nature is stronger than 7.2 billion humans, c’est la vie! PS I have an insurance but my insurance covers just the price of my grape production, not the cost price of my bottle.'  See picture added below of the hailstones at Preuillac.

Hailstones_at_Preuillac

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