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Feb 18

2008 BURGUNDY HARVEST DOWN 5 %

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 07:43

The 2008 Burgundy harvest is down 5.3 % on the 2007 harvest, and 4.4% against the average of the past five years. It amounts to the equivalent of 193 million bottles for a virtually unchanged production area (-0.2 %) of 27,626 hectares.

With the exception of the small heat-induced 2003 harvest, it is 10 years since the harvest was so low. As for red wines, with the equivalent of 60 million bottles (-6 %), there had not been such a small harvest (with the exception of 2003) since 1984.
White wine production is also down by 6 % at the equivalent of 116 million bottles, with regional AOCs and Mâconnais wines the most affected.
Only Crémant de Bourgogne is continuing to grow with a new record of nearly 17 million bottles (+2.6 %), or nearly 9 % of the Burgundy harvest, with 29 % for red wines, 1 % for rosés and 60 % for whites.

Stock levels were already very low in the ageing cellars in July 2008 (the lowest level since 1999). There is therefore only 2.7 million hl of wine for this commercial campaign (the equivalent of 360 million bottles), 10 % less than in 2005 or 2006.

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