Friday, June 21, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers for François Chidaine

The heartbreaking news this week is the loss suffered by François Chidaine from violent hail storms that hit Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, and the Touraine area last Monday. It is reported that Chidaine lost all production this year in his Vouvray vineyards and 40% in Montlouis.

Chidaine's state of affairs has already been precarious even before this recent disaster. Last year's frost and cold and wet spring and summer resulted in a severely reduced harvest, particularly in Montlouis. The cumulative effect of these weather disasters is simply devastating for Chidaine.

Chidaine and his family are young, hardworking, and possess rare talent, not to mention they farm some of the greatest vineyards in the Loire. And so I'm positive that these setbacks are temporary and that they will be able to continue their wonderful work. Anyone who has enjoyed their wines I'm sure feels fortunate that Chidaine makes wines.

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