Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Anson: Bordeaux’s worst frost since 1991 – What now?

An abnormally harsh spring frost has been receiving significant attention from French wineries and wine-aficionados recently, and rightly so: It was the worst frost in Bordeaux in the past two decades, and vineries all across the area have reported extremely high losses as a result, up to 90% in some areas. While its effects are uncertain, it will most likely slow down the campaign and lower the amount of wine on the market. There is still hope, though, in the face of everything, as vineries have seen the growth of secondary buds and displayed impressive teamwork in the face of adversity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The damage caused by frost to the Bordeaux grape industry rivals interest in the French elections
  • Affected growers are hopeful that a secondary harvest on surviving vines may save the year’s harvest, but second harvests are usually smaller.
  • Just two nights of frost have managed to bring the Bordeaux wine industry to its knees

“The signs were that châteaux were planning to be restrained on price, mindful of the global uncertainties.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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