by Vinifera / 22 August 2018
Outstanding vintage in Champagne
Champagne's grape harvest kicked off on Monday, about two weeks earlier than usual, with the industry predicting a "very good" vintage of the prized bubbly thanks to ideal weather conditions.
"The remarkable condition of the grapes and ideal weather conditions made starting the harvest early an easy decision," the Comite Champagne said in a statement.
After an exceptionally wet winter which saw 345mm of rain fall from November 2017 – January 2018 (surpassing the previous record set in 1965) the cumulative insolation from April to June were also higher than average – 750 hours as opposed to 630.
With temperatures higher than the 10-year average, there was “rapid and vigorous” vegetative growth leading to a successful flowering in June and “consistently good” weather in July and August led to the very promising looking crop.
Francoise Peretti, director of the UK Champagne Bureau, commented: “2018 will be remembered as an exceptional year: exceptional because of its early harvest date and exceptional grape quality. Though it is too early to tell, producers are hopeful this year’s harvest will produce an outstanding vintage”.
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