Harvest, Take 1

The harvest in the Champagne region started yesterday! This is a couple of days earlier than anticipated, due to the high and steady pace of the maturation process since véraison (only to slow down a bit following the rain of the last few days). Surprisingly enough, such a phenomenon is somewhat reminiscent of the extremely warm and sunny vintage of 2003: the outcome should be a slightly above average ripeness. The harvest at Dom Pérignon will start on the 14th with the Chardonnay sites in Avize, followed by the Pinot Noirs in Aÿ on the 16th.

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