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French floods: Much of southwest declared disaster zone

zin1953 Jun 25, 2013 07:29 AM


  1. Bill Hunt Jul 1, 2013 09:18 PM

    Those rains were actually a blessing in much of Burgundy (though obviously not in the Loire, or some other Regions), as they really helped the vines. As we arrived, so did the sunshine, and there was rejoicing in the vineyards. Just as we left, the rains came back, near the end of June, and at just the right time for Burgundy - maybe our gift to them?

    Now, it will be interested to see how far-reaching the flooding becomes. Also, there are other potential weather issues, so we will just have to see.


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      collioure Jun 28, 2013 11:39 PM

      I feel badly for anyone affected. In terms of wine Vouvray suffered the most, followed by Cahors and Madiran. There's no wine of significance in Charentes - just simple Cognac grapes.

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      1. re: collioure
        zin1953 Jul 2, 2013 07:11 AM

        >>> There's no wine of significance in Charentes - just simple Cognac grapes. <<<

        So it's no problem if the vineyards in Charentes are damaged/destroyed? Don't you have to make some insignificant wine from those "simple Cognac grapes" *first* . . . so that you can have something to distill into some not-so-insignificant Cognac?

        1. re: zin1953
          collioure Jul 2, 2013 10:23 AM

          Jason, it's not like Cognac production will necesariily suffer. Maybe the production of some lesser product there will.

          On the other hand, you can't easily replace the grapes for Cahors or Madiran.

          1. re: collioure
            zin1953 Jul 2, 2013 09:23 PM

            OK, so it doesn't matter if the grapes that are grown in the Charentes are destroyed because -- what? -- they'll get the wine from Bas-Armagnac? from Jerez? from Hungary? Or, are you saying that the grapes planted within the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, the Borderies, and the Fins Bois survived with little or no damage, and it was only the Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaire that suffered any damage?

            What am I missing?

            1. re: zin1953
              collioure Jul 3, 2013 12:51 AM

              You are missing the ideas that there was only some damage and that they use these grapes for products other than Cognac, e.g.; Pineau des Charentes and probably table wines as well.

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