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Did you know that French wine output has seen a 40-Year low due to grapes damage? French Producer wine, the biggest producer, may slump 20 percent this year to the lowest in at least 40 years after unfavorable weather and disease damaged vines and grapes. Output in the Champagne region is predicted to show the biggest drop! France’s vineyards suffered from cold and wet conditions during flowering, damage from mildew and other funguses, hail storms that destroyed grapes in Burgundy and Beaujolais, an August heat wave and a dry September that caused drought stress and resulted in smaller grapes, the ministry wrote. “All the categories of wine will see their production decline compared to 2011,” the French ministry wrote. “Production estimates are particularly tricky this year due to the variation in grape weight in most of the vineyards.” French producers exported 7.17 billion euros of wine and champagne in 2011, accounting for 13 percent of the country’s farm and food exports. In the first half of this year, wine shipments rose 14 percent to 3.57 billion euros. Production in the Champagne region is expected to slump 40 percent after damage from frost and “particularly virulent” attacks by mildew and oidium. Top French producer wines like Moet, Hennessy, Louise Vuitton, the world’s largest maker of champagne with brands including Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon, Vranken - Pommery is the second-largest, followed by Pernod – Ricard and Laurent-Perrier, have been hit. The volume of Champagne region wines will slump 36 percent, according to the report, compared with a previous forecast for a drop of 26 percent. Burgundy and Beaujolais appellation wines are forecast to plunge 28 percent. The biggest French producer wine is from the Bordeaux-region where wine volumes will slip 4.5 percent. The region is France’s biggest producer of designated-origin wines. But although the report is all about slumps do not fear as we have plenty of sumptious lines of the largest French Producers of wine.