(getting warmer)


“Burgundy has got bigger and riper,” wine writer Robert Joseph told Reuters. “Alsace, in North East France, which used to make very light red wine, now makes much fuller red wine. Germany which used to very light red wine, is now making fuller red wine.”


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  1. Philip10th November 2009 at 8:15 pmPermalinkReply

    Yep, burgundy is a very good climate change proxy, see Historical phenology: Grape ripening as a past climate indicator, Isabelle Chuine, Pascal Yiou, Nicolas Viovy, Bernard Seguin, Valérie Daux & Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Nature 432, 289-290, 18 November 2004. It goes back to 1370. (though the absence of tasting notes on, particularly, the earlier vintages, renders it of lesser interest to some).

    • billn10th November 2009 at 9:46 pmPermalinkReply

      Thanks a lot Philip.

      I have a couple of references from producers for the last few decades that show a distinct advancement of harvest dates, but on the other hand there have been hotter and colder spells throughout the last 6-8 centuries.

      So I suppose we may not conclusively say it’s global warming, but if we had meteo data for other areas/regions as detailed as the literature from Burgundy, it still might make a good PhD subject!

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