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After two historically low years in terms of harvest volume (even poor in some regions such as Burgundy), French winegrowers were spoiled in 2014.

"According to the first forecasts drawn up on 21 July by the SSP (Service de la Statistique et de la Prospective d'Agreste), the 2014 wine harvest would amount to 46.4 million hectolitres, a level 10% higher than the very low harvests of 2012 and 2013 and 2% higher than the average of the last 5 years. As a reminder, the historically low level of the 2012 and 2013 harvests was the result of unfavourable weather conditions, particularly at the time of flowering," says the Agreste's note.

A generally favourable climate

This is due to the climate, which is much more favourable in 2014. Going into detail, "flowering and fruit set (initial formation of the berries) generally took place under favourable climatic conditions. The coulure (fall of flowers or young berries) is generally low. The health of the vines is well preserved, compared to previous years, as a result of a dry and hot late spring.

The only climatic problem, the hail episodes that affected 28,000 ha of vines, had few consequences from a global point of view, even if some regions (Burgundy and Médoc) suffered.

The situation in the different regions

- In Burgundy and Beaujolais, the vineyard, 10 days ahead of a normal year, has reached the closed bunch stage. The state of health of the vine is apparently excellent!

- In Bordeaux, flowering went well, unlike in 2013. Health is good and despite hail damage in the Médoc over 1500 ha, the harvest potential is estimated to be 50% higher than the historically low harvest in 2013.

- In the other regions, there are no significant elements to report!

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