Ask Sid: Did 2017 or 2016 have the worst drop in Chablis production?

August 15th, 2018
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Question: Which of the last two years in Chablis had the lowest production of wine and is this affecting the prices?

Answer: Yes both 2017 & 2016 vintages in Chablis have seen a fair drop from their normal harvest due to weather conditions including frost, hail, and the like. This has contributed to the average Chablis village price nearly doubling in the last 2 years from over 600 euros to now about 1200 per feuillette barrel of 132 litres. You will notice in the wine stores that this is reflected in the prices of all 4 levels of Chablis being raised for the 2016 vintage. The stats show that the average Chablis harvest of about 293,000 hectolitres (100 litres) was reduced to 237,000 in 2017 and more substantially in 2016 to 159,000. Therefore 2016 had the bigger drop in production.

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August 15th, 2018

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