French wines run out of luck

October 25, 1992|By Michael Dresser

French wines run out of luck

France's good luck, which culminated in three great vintages from 1988 to 1990, has apparently come to an end.

According to Robert M. Parker Jr., publisher of the Wine Advocate, the 1992 vintage ended with "major problems in a lot of viticultural areas of France."

Storms brought flooding to much of the south of the country at harvest time, he noted during a talk at the American Heart Association's Fine Wine Auction Oct. 4.

In Bordeaux, the rains followed a summer plagued by high humidity and rampant rot.

"1992 has the potential to be the worst vintage in Bordeaux since 1972," said Mr. Parker.

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