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Candles protect French vineyards as arctic snap sweeps across Europe

A cold snap that has swept across Europe and caused temperatures in northern France to tumble below freezing has forced French winegrowers to spring into action and protect blooming buds.

In the early hours of Monday morning, growers placed hundreds of anti-frost candles across vineyards in Burgundy’s Chablis district in northeastern France to shield the fragile buds from the frigid temperatures.

The cold snap follows an unusually warm period last week.

Chablis wine gets its distinctive acidic and dry taste thanks to the cool temperatures its vineyards thrive in, but a cold weather front is threatening crops a year after producers grappled with a spring frost that resulted in the smallest harvest for French vineyards in half a century, according to France’s Agriculture Ministry.

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