Thanks to hail, rain storms and random cold snaps this year, the champagne region of France has had the worst harvest for 40 years. 'This year has been unprecedented,' Dominique Moncomble, director of technical services at the regulatory authority Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC), told The Telegraph. 'We have been accumulating problems, we are battling the elements and disease.'
The low harvest means that there could be a champagne shortage in years to come. Luckily the sparkling drink takes 15 months to age so we have until then to drink as much bubbly as we can. Bottoms up!