Ask Sid: What are the upcoming harvest yields in France looking like for 2021?

August 11th, 2021
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Question: What are the upcoming harvest yields in France looking like for 2021?

Answer: Answered an earlier question here this year on April 14 about the wide-spread Spring Frosts in Europe. Vineyards now are realizing the major extent of this as the grapes ripen for the upcoming harvests. Website foodandwine.com this week says yields compare to 1977 and worse than 2017 & 1991 with especially Chardonnay & Merlot hard hit. They advise that “This year will likely be one of the worst – if not the worst – year for wine production in French history.” Similarly Decanter says “A French government forecast shows the 2021 wine harvest could be the smallest vintage for at least 50 years (since at least 1970).” This limited quantity may result in higher prices for sure but note that small can be very good for quality. Hopefully those Spring frosts not only reduced crop size and lowered the vine yields but will concentrate with balance some of the resulting 2021 wine around Europe into something memorable like 1961 Bordeaux!


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August 11th, 2021

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