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Global warming may force changes to French wine

Bordeaux vintners trying out more heat-tolerant grape varietals to preserve the region's characteristic flavour

WANTED: A MERLOT SUBSTITUTE: The search is on for grape varietals other than Merlot (left), which can stand warmer climes and yet create wines with the traditional Bordeaux flavour.


CAN the world's most-storied wine region adapt to climate change without losing its identity? This question is haunting the Bordeaux region as the threat of global warming looms large.

Concretely, it may boil down to this: Without Merlot, will it still be Bordeaux?