Freeze could cut Bordeaux wine harvest by 50 percent

Wine production to fall by about 350 million bottles.

Bordeaux vineyards in southwestern France could lose about half of their harvest this year after two nights of frost at the end of April damaged the crop, a wine industry official said today.

Frost damage varied widely depending on location. Some owners expected to lose only 15% to 30% of their grape harvest, others could see their entire production wiped out.

Wines from the Cognac, Bergerac and Lot-et-Garonne regions were also affected.

This follows last year’s 10 percent drop in France’s total wine output due to adverse weather conditions and a more than 20 percent drop the year before that.

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11 thoughts on “Freeze could cut Bordeaux wine harvest by 50 percent”

  1. Weird – a newspaper from Bangkok – where residents would have absolutely no concept of frost – reports about frost in Europe ?

  2. going to be a LOT of miserable wine drinkers paying a lot more this coming season.
    pity the growers arent the ones that see any price rises in their pockets..they just carry the losses and the debt.

  3. The real concern will be if barley supplies get hit. Wine I can do without – beer is an essential. Would miss Cognac a bit though.

  4. At worst that equates over a three year period, to half of one compete years production, one wonders as the quality. Never mind the losses in Germany and Spain, that a tidy amount of Euro losses.
    And the Global Warmist says that the Average Temperature pause has no impact!

  5. In New Jersey,we’re worried that there won’t be a blueberry crop for today’s version of Kellyanne to pick.If this weather keeps up,Trump won’t need to build the wall.

  6. Though it pales in comparison to what is happening in France, it is 7 May here in the Midwest, and tonight’s low for Chicago suburbs is going to be 33*. This is indicative to me of the Global cooling trend.
    I haven’t watched television in over 5 years. My friends think I am a little crazy when I tell them how we are moving into a mini ice age. The signs are all around us. Once several years ago, I stumbled upon David Rothchilds book about global warming. They are all shysters and crooks thieving money out of us hard laboring people. Enough is enough. I like to think locally instead of globally, we can change the Earth one person at a time by being kind, generous, and caring about each other.

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  8. Most of countries in Europe have been affected by cold weather in the second half of April. This caused incredible damages to the crops ( grapes, cherries, apples, apricots, peaches…). For example in central and southern parts of Moldova 90% of fruit crops were compromised, which is a tragedy for local farmers.
    By the way there is a cold snap right now hitting the western part of Russia witnessing the record low temperatures for the beginning of May.

  9. Château Haut Blaignan 2010, from Bordeaux’s Médoc region, was available from Trader’s Joe’s a few years ago for like $7. It was one of the finest wines I’ve ever drank, and I’ve had many. The 2009 and 2010 vintages were absolutely stellar and I regret waiting a couple months before trying it. When I did, I immediately headed back to TJ’s to pick up more, but it had long been sold out by that time. I keep hoping to find more fantastic finds like this, anywhere, for that kind of price point, but so far it’s been futile.

    Enter these region-wide bud-killing frosts in recent years, and suddenly you have far less Bordeaux to go around. It’s a dire situation for those who appreciate good French wine. Prices will go up, so I imagine that for those who can afford it, perhaps investing in these wines might become economically advantageous.

    Then again, a great bottle of French wine is one of life’s true pleasures, along with some fine cheese and crusty baguettes, so it’s all about perspective.

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