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France Cuts Forecast For 2013 Harvest; Bordeaux And Burgundy Off Significantly

November 8, 2013

France’s agriculture ministry has reduced its volume forecast for the 2013 wine harvest, and now expects a total of 42.3 million hectoliters, a rise of 2.2% over 2012. A month ago, volume was seen as rising by an additional 1.74 million hectoliters. An outbreak of botrytis across the western regions, the Southwest, Burgundy, Beaujolais and Alsace due to frequent rainfall in October was blamed for the reduction.

In particular, Burgundy and Beaujolais are forecasting volume down by 200,000 hectoliters from what was expected a month ago, owing to significant losses of Chardonnay grapes (the regions’ current total is estimated at 2 million hectoliters, up 10% from 2012). Bordeaux’s output, predicted at 4.43 million hectoliters last month, is now forecast at 4.18 million hectoliters, 5.6% less than previously projected.

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