Beaujolais exports to the UK increase significantly

The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.6% in volume and 19.6% in value during the first eight months of 2019.

It said that this makes it the fastest growing French region within the UK trade.

Dominique Piron, president of Inter Beaujolais, said: “For several years now, Beaujolais wines have been following a positive trend.

“The figures back that up. In the first eight months of 2019, Beaujolais recorded the largest increase in exports in the UK for a French region, up 34.6% in volume and 19.6% in value.

“At a time when red wine drinking tends to be losing steam in favour of whites and rosés, Beaujolais wines are showing good potential for the coming years, worldwide. The 2019 harvest will be a strong asset in continuing to attract consumers.”

The harvest is drawing to a close in the 12 Beaujolais appellations and the estimate is that it will be half the size of the 2018 vintage.

Frost in the spring, drought in the summer and a number of hailstorms have hit the region this year, resulting in a yield 25% below the five-year average.

The region called it a “promising vintage” in terms of quality.

Philippe Thillardon, president of the Oedoria wine cooperative, said: “It’s an atypical year. The small harvest offers perfect balance between alcohol, acidity and phenolic maturity. The initial tastings indicate structured wines, that are nevertheless fruity, and very refreshing.”

Bertrand Chatelet, director of regional research institute Sicarex, added: “The wines are supple and round. The vintage is definitely moderate in quantity, but very noteworthy in quality. We’re in a run of good vintages.”

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