The Beaujolais grape harvest is back to normal, according to local press reports. Earlier this week, Les Echos quoted Michel Bosse-Platiere, chairman of the Beaujolais wine industry association, Inter Beaujolais, saying that the harvest has returned to normal for the first time in a decade.

Last year, the paper noted, the heatwave brought the harvest forward, while high summer temperatures and frosts earlier in the year led to a 40% drop in yield. This year's Beaujolais grapes look healthy and show very little rot, Bosse-Platiere told Les Echos.

If the sunny weather continues, compensating for August's heavy rain in the process, 2004 should be a very good year for Beaujolais, he added.

The harvest will begin on tomorrow (11 September) and run until early October.