The Champagne harvest began on 26 August and finished last week – this is the earliest since 1950. While the quality is great, the quantity has decreased due to severe hailstorms and some rain during the picking period.
After the loss of 23% of the buds in the region (due to Spring frosts) the authorised yield was determined as 10.300 kilogrammes/hectare. Unfortunately, rains and hail have had a severe effect on sorting and the yield “will not be achieved in all sectors”, said CIVC, the Champagne body.
Fortunately, the harvest shows “satisfying acidity” and “great balance” said CIVC.