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>> It's harvest time in Chablis, one of France's finest wine regions. But this autumn, the vineyards aren't as busy as usual. Frosty nights earlier in the year have damaged the grapes. In some fields, losses are as high as 80 to 85%. France is the world's second largest wine producer after Italy, but estimates for this year's output suggests a 17% fall from last year to a record low.
That's despite the farmers best efforts. In April they used heaters, candles and even the warm down draft from helicopters, but they were unable to beat the extreme weather. Output across France had already fallen in 2016 with champagne down 20%. It seems to be recovering a little this year and the and regions are expecting a 14% increase.
The quality then seems acceptable, but the impact on price may not be.