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French wine production could hit 'historic low' after April's cold spell


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French wine production could hit 'historic low' after April's cold spell

This year’s wine harvest in France has been knocked off course by a cold snap in Spring.

Production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped so dramatically that it could hit a ‘historic low.’

The ministry of agriculture say this year’s harvest is set to come in 16% lower than the five-year average and worse than 1991, a vintage also hit hard by frost.

Such a drop could mean that wines from some areas become harder to find and more expensive.

But wine sommeliers have urged patience as the hot early summer weather means that the growing season across France was running between 10 and 20 days ahead of normal, which may help surviving grapes to ripen fully.