France 2014 – back to normal quantities?


As the 2014 harvest kicks off in the Napa Valley, Yohan Castaing and I speculate about the size of the 2014 French vintage. But as for quality, all is still to play for – JR.

Unlike the 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 seems to be one of the most productive of recent years. All French vineyards are expecting a much bigger crop than in 2013 and the vines are generally in good health thanks to dry, clement weather in both winter and spring.

July has been unusually cool and wet ( océanique in its most literal sense, is how Dany...