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The Languedoc Page's Newsletter Winter 2010 / 2011

Wine :
Local vignerons are agreed that the 2010 yield will be low, but of excellent  quality. Some are even talking about it producing possibly the best wine in a generation. Reasonable spring rain, followed by high average temperatures in a dry summer (without the searing 40+C of some years),  with a warm  August resulted in an early harvest for most regions.
Marketing effort continues to focus on the export of higher value and better quality wines. The umbrella brand name of Sud de France is increasingly being used. It encompasses a range of regional products : http://www.sud-de-france.com.

Weather :
After another late Spring, the Summer was dry and consistently warm without being oppressive. Autumn winds caused many to close their pools early, but a late warm spell rewarded the positive (lazy) residents who had kept their pools open.
August and September were very dry with some high winds that fanned forest fires, particularly in Herault where the biggest, around Montaud and Saint-Bauzille-de-Montmel north of Montpellier, destroyed more than 2,600 hectares of woodland and a dozen homes. News clip about the fires :
Shortly afterwards there were a few days of storms producing heavy rainfall, but no serious flooding. Sommieres had its worst “vidourlade” since 2002 with Place du Marche properties having up to 20cm of water on the ground floor.
The period immediately before Xmas was extremely cold in North Europe and most of France; Languedoc had some cold days, but largely escaped the snow. In late December Languedoc had some grey and rainy days mixed with clear cold weather.
Current river levels are available here : www.vigicrues.ecologie.gouv.fr
Road Traffic news is here : www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr .

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