Wines and vintages: what's in store for 2015?

Do you think 2015 will be a good vintage? Despite the upheavals and economic fluctuations experienced this season, we can still hope. Experts speak out on the issue ...

If statistics prove that many agricultural products have been victims of the drought, the Achilles' heel of the vine is excess water. So after one of the driest summer, it's a safe bet that the 2015 grape harvest suggests a great vintage, which will in particular please our neighbors from labouteillerie.com. However, these forecasts are tinted with a decline which should not have too much of an influence on the quality of the wine. Professionals estimate that production will hit 46.5 million hectoliters, a drop of 1% compared to last year.

France regains its title of 1er world producer

This is the first good news, because after two years dominated by excessively ideal rains and temperatures, France is finally regaining its status as a world leader in wine production. This does not mean, however, that we should fall asleep on our laurels, as these numbers can still be influenced by weather conditions. Experts even claim that recent rains may increase production potential over time.

As for the estimate made by the ministry and industry players, we are approaching the 46 million hectoliters mark. All of this is of course independent of the problems associated with the summer heatwave, and the temperatures which slowed down the ripening of the grapes. 2015 will therefore be a good vintage, and all the players in the sector can therefore be very satisfied with the production.

Burgundy and Beaujolais do not follow

While many regions were able to get away with it and therefore contributed to the good numbers announced, Beaujolais and Burgundy cannot say the same. Kernels are extremely small in these areas, so production will be 11% down from last year. To be more precise, Beaujolais alone recorded a drop of -25%! Also in the Champagne region, we expect a decrease of 11%, respectively -6% and -2% for Charentes and Alsace.

In general, it can be said that the hot summer weather accelerated the start of the harvest in most of the vineyards. While 2014 allowed us to return to a fairly normal schedule, 2015 has not finished unveiling all its surprises. Despite everything, we expect the quality to be there, even if the volume is less important than in previous years. In short, the maturity is optimal according to specialists, and we can already expect flavors and vinification that hold promise.

In conclusion, it should be remembered that 2015 was not an easy year in terms of wines. This season has seen a lot of disruption which will inevitably have an impact on production. However, specialists are quite optimistic, and promise a vintage that will delight wine lovers. Appointment is then taken in the glass, to realize it!

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