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Hail wreaks havoc in Bordeaux

Published:  13 May, 2009

Bordeaux vineyards have been hit by devastating hail storms which pose a threat to the next two vintages and the livelihoods of smaller growers.

Pomerol and St Emilion were the worst hit areas, with the damage affecting thousands of hectares of vineyard, according to Rueters news agency reports.

Losses in Margaux were put at between 30% and 80%, while in the Portets area some vineyards lost all of this year's crop.

Reuters suggested that up to 2,000 hectares in the Libourne region alone were affected, with damage far more extensive than in the last serious hail storms of 2003.

The storms could force up prices for both the 2009 and 2010 vintages.