At the end of our week, Marion Javillier spoke of a devastation never seen before: “we were totally traumatised and so too were the vines!”. The vines were stressed and went into a self-imposed recovery mode for a full 3 weeks. All vegetative growth stopped, and at that stage, it was impossible to gauge the full effect of these frosts. When growth finally did recover, it was clear how few areas had escaped, with few buds remaining on the majority of vines. The earlier budding Chardonnay bore the brunt of the damage. Meursault seems to have been worst affected, with some mid slope sites losing almost 90% of their potential fruit. Saint Aubin and Puligny Montrachet were not far behind, however, in reality, the whole of the Côte de Beaune has seen a reduction of at least 60% for their Chardonnays and in many cases, much more. In Chablis, again, it is all about location. Historically as an appellation it is a week or two behind the Côte d’Or, and whilst the impact was a little less, we can expect reductions of around 50% from the majority of our growers. It appears as if the later developing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits may have been less affected, but we will know more after our tastings in November.