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Cahors loses 60 to 70 % of its crop to frost

May 15, 2019

On May 5 and 6, temperatures plummeted to -4°C in the vineyards of Cahors, causing frost whose magnitude appears to be increasingly significant. According to the latest estimates, 3,500 hectares were affected, from the banks of the river to the plateau, causing 60 to 70% of crop losses. "This is a little less than the 2017 frost (causing 80% losses), but it's still catastrophic. After shatter in 2013 and frost in 2017, this will be the third small harvest in six years. That's every other year!" said an appalled Pascal Verhaeghe, chairman of the Cahors wine marketing board (UIVC), adding, "Every day, we see more damage than the day before".