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News - Bordeaux responses to climate change threats

Not long ago we wrote about the need for introducing new grape varieties, as the one we have traditionally been cultivating for thousands of years, are now under a serious threat of survival. The climate change brings instability and continously increasing average temperatures, and this has a tremendous impact on wine production. In Cheval Blanc, which we have visited over the weekend, Merlot is one of the main grape varieties, and this one in particular is experiencing the most difficulties in the face of climate change. As Merlot is early ripening grape, it is particularly susceptible to over-ripening and higher sugar content. Seeing this worrying trend, the officials decided to change the hard regulations for Bordeaux. For the first time in history new grape varieties are allowed in cultivation. Although still only in a very limited quantity, grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Marselan, Castets, to name the few. Read the full story on Vinepair here.


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