We just got an e-mail from Thierry Laherte (of Laherte Frères in Champagne) that temperatures hit a low of -15°C in Chavot overnight! It looks set to continue for some time; our growers in Piedmont (north and south) reported heavy snow.
Budbreak was uncommonly early last year, and only some protracted summer rains pushed back harvests to later in August (for Champagne). Hopefully this year sees a return to a later and longer growing period. As Thierry wrote: “Malgré tout, ce temps est bon pour la vigne!”