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Extreme weather to blame as France’s wine output set to fall by 12%

Spring frosts followed by summer heatwaves have taken their toll on French vineyards.

France hits record temperature of 45.9C

New record was measured in southern town of Gallargues-le-Montueux - the previous record was 44.1C during deadly 2003 heatwave.

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.

Holiday traffic and summer storms clog French roads

Major congestion was predicted as holiday departures reached a peak at the weekend, while much of the country was hit by violent storms.

Heavy snow blankets much of France

Snow brings travel chaos, with three soldiers travelling to join colleagues departing for the French military operation in Mali killed in road accident.

Château d’Yquem scraps 2012 vintage due to rain

The wine estate near Bordeaux will not release a 2012 vintage of its famous sweet Sauternes wine after heavy rains spoiled quality of harvest.