Chablis harvest 2018 best since 1998

This year’s Chablis harvest in northern Bourgogne is expected to provide some relief to the French winegrowing region after “two difficult years.”


(Photo: BIVB)

Louis Moreau, president of the Chablis Commission of the Bourgogne Board, said that the unusually warm summer which affected harvests across Europe mean that he extects this year’s vintage to be “the best in 20 years.

“Chablis is rejoicing!” he said. “We were uncertain after the drought this summer, but the vineyard gave us a real gift after two difficult years.

“Overall the vintage is qualitative and we have the quantity.”

Moreau said the weather and “perfect” sanitary condition of the vines allowed producers in the region to choose the best places to harvest which had “optimal grape maturity.”

“On arrival the juices are clear, without defects, without bitterness or herbaceous notes, they have body, fruit, and fermentations are going well.” A full report is expected by the end of the year.

The unusually high temperatures over the 2018 summer have had knock-on effects for harvests across Europe. Harvests in Champagne and the UK both began weeks earlier than their usual expected start.

The climate has also affected yields across Europe. Prosecco, for example, is on course to produce almost 600 million bottles of fizz from the 2018 harvest, making the region nearly two times the scale of Champagne.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Supply Chain Assistant

Speciality Drinks
London NW10 7SF, UK

On-Trade Regional Sales Manager

Anthony Byrne Fine Wines
West Midlands & Northants

Supply Chain Co-ordinator

Speciality Drinks
London NW10 7SF, UK

Logistics Team Leader

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

Key Account Executive

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Assistant Operations Manager

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

Technical Manager

North South Wines
West Drayton, UK

Key Account Manager

MMI Maldives


Eurowines Limited
Harrogate, UK

Business Manager - Impulse

Australian Vintage
Croydon, UK

Exclusive Masterclass: Chablis on Tour

London,United Kingdom
29th Apr 2019

Vinexpo Bordeaux

13th May 2019

London Wine Fair 2019

London,United Kingdom
20th May 2019
Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2019

Deadline : 19th April 2019

The Global Grenache Masters 2019

Deadline : 26th April 2019

Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Rioja Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more