31 Jan '18, 8pm

While quantity of Bordeaux wine is down, quality is up, meaning more enjoyment per bottle

While quantity of Bordeaux wine is down, quality is up, meaning more enjoyment per bottle

Wine production in the French region of Bordeaux shrank by 40 percent in 2017, the Bordeaux wine council said Wednesday, with severe frost sapping yields in a year that nonetheless produced a good vintage. "The total harvest in 2017 was 3.5 million hectolitres, down 40 percent on 2016," the council said, adding that vineyards in Saint-Emilion had been the worst affected. Some chateaux in France's biggest wine-growing area had lost 80-90 percent of their harvest while others had lost none, the council added. The final figures will be published in February. They are expected to show that 2017 produced France's worst wine harvest since 1945. Vineyards found themselves coated in late frosts twice at the end of April, ravaging the fragile shoots and buds that emerged prematurely following an unusually mild March. To try warm the vines, some producers in Bordeaux set fires in oi...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/frost-bitten-bordeaux-wine-harv...

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