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Sunday 10 September 2023

Great news for lovers of Champagne

Good news for lovers of Champagne. 

While several parts of Europe have been hit by fierce weather, Champagne is predicting a high-quality 2023 vintage. 

The first grapes were picked in the region last weekend and many other producers have begun, or are about to begin, their harvest. 

The fully manual harvest will cover 34,000 hectares of Champagne vineyards and there are media reports that grapes are "some of the biggest and juiciest" since 2005.

From the beginning of the year to the end of July, the season was particularly calm, with very few bouts of  frost, hail, mildew and powdery mildew." said Maxime Toubart, president of the winegrowers and co-president of the Comité Champagne. 

"Fortunately, the climate has also favoured the exceptional weight of the bunches, more than 220 grams on average, which has never been seen before in Champagne. These numerous and generous bunches will make it possible to select only those in perfect sanitary state."

The enthusiasm seems universal across the region. 

“The Champagne growers and houses will organise their picking circuits in order to harvest high-quality grapes," said David Chatillon, president of the Champagne houses and co-president of the Comité Champagne. 

"Thanks to the numerous grapes, even after sorting to retain only the best, all professionals should easily reach the available yield set at 11,400 kg/ha."

The Comité Champagne is the trade association that represents the interests of independent Champagne producers (vignerons) and Champagne Houses. 

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