COLD WEATHER HITS FRENCH WINE

FRENCH wine production is forecast to rise 11pc this year, less than predicted a month ago on poor flowering and berry development in regions including Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Output may rise to 45.8 million hectolitres; the outlook was cut by 888,000 hectolitres, equivalent to 118 million bottles. A cold and humid June resulted in unpollinated flowers and falling berries, as well as unevenly developed bunches. 7/8/2013