French 2017 wine production forecast to be lowest in 60 years


The French agriculture ministry estimates that the country's total wine production this year will fall to about 36.9 million hectolitres, or 4.9 billion bottles, down by almost 20 percent on last year due essentially to spring frosts and summer storms, with the Bordeaux region worst-affected.

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French winemakers are lamenting the smallest vintage in 60 years after spring frost damaged vines at Bordeaux chateaux like Angelus and Canon La Gaffelière, while summer storms caused grape rot in Champagne, reports Bloomberg.