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French harvest, less a harvest more a hunt for grapes.

France is experiencing the smallest harvest in 30 years. With spring frosts in Champagne, Burgundy and the Loire Valley the French agriculture ministry reported a 10% decline in harvest volume. Champagne was one of the worst hit regions after several bouts of spring frost and hailstorms. In the Loire almost 30% of its harvest was wiped out due to spring frosts. Frosts in late April were described as the most severe since the early 1980s. Chablis and Chiroubles were also badly hit. Although conversely Bordeaux and Alsace enjoyed bumper crops.