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World In the Bordeaux vineyard, the gel will have a "severe" impact on the harvest

21:20  08 april  2021
21:20  08 april  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The low temperatures and the gel episode that France has known in recent days will have an impact on the volume of viticultural harvest in Gironde, warns the interprofessional council of Bordeaux wines (CIVB) published on Thursday, April 8.

The two-day gel episode will have a severe impact on the volume of the next harvest in Gironde , larger viticultural department of France whose elected officials have called upon the establishment of a plan of Rescue to rescue a national sector already in crisis.

A reduced harvest volume

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The damage is being evaluated, on Thursday explained the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux wines (CIVB) in a statement. However, it is already certain that this spring gel severely impacts the volume of the harvest 2021.

according to the CIVB, the gel hardly struck vast areas of the Bordeaux vineyard, with temperatures sometimes descended below -5 ° C and Touching all 65 appellations, which represent 111,000 hectares of vine, about 15% of the French vineyard.

Director at the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture, Philippe Abadie clarified AFP that the sectors of the Blayais, Fibournais, between-two-seas, Graves and South Gironde had been particularly affected while The Médoc had been relatively spared.

According to Mr. Abadie, the losses will be important but the fact that the gel occurred in early April will leave a little more luck to the vegetal to leave that in 2017, when frozen at the end of April had struck busts more mature and that 'One in five winemakers in the Bordelais lost more than 70% of his harvest. It ensures that another gel episode is possible early next week.

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"not a saving operator" in Dordogne

further in the East, in Dordogne, not an operator has been spared in the vineyard of Bergerac and Duras (about 12,000 hectares), which includes the famous Monbazillac, explained to AFP Eric Chadourne, President of the Federation of Local Wines. It is to varying degrees, it goes from 5% to 100% of buds depending on the plots, he added.

In Charente and Charente-Maritime, in the vineyard of Cognac (75,000 hectares), the consequences of two nights of gel appear at this limited stage, AFP said the National Interprofessional Bureau of Cognac.

For the CIVB, this meteorological episode has just destroyed a significant portion of the work of winemakers and harvest in a period already very trying to both morally and economically for viticulture.

led by the Senator of Gironde Nathalie Delattre (radical movement), the elected representatives of the vine and the wine called Thursday to a real life plan of the wine industry, kneeling by the episode of gel. The plots that had been spared by the virulent episodes of 2017 or 1991 sometimes froze in full, affirmed the Vice-President of the Senate.

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