06 September, 2000

Taste of Villedommange grapes

Pinot Noir grapes from Villedommange, Montagne de Reims.

On the 59th edition of the big yearly exhibition of "a little bit of everything for the farmers" in the regional capital Chalons-en-Champagne we had the chance to get a first taste of the grapes of 2005.

The people of the Clos de la Chapelle - an association of 23 independant vignerons from the village Villedommange in Montagne de Reims - supplied the grapes - green Chardonnay and blue Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier - and made sure they got pressed the old style way leaving it to the visitors to have a taste of the new must.

Draw it yourself must on the market in Chalons-en-Champagne.

A nice little push for the profession, which at the same time gave vice-chairman Denis Mahut, Clos de La Chapelle, a possibility to talk about the outlook of the vendange 2005. It augurs well, and with an expected output of around 18.000 kilos per hectare the Villedommange expectations are in the high end of the general average of the region.

Denis Mahut goes on, that he expects to begin to harvest the grapes around September 19th, writes regional newspaper l'Union.

Publicity the tall way in Chalons-en-Champagne.

On top of the grapes the vignerons of Villedommange also demonstrated the usage of old equipment on Saturday.

Amongst them one of the more spectacular manual processes - the dégorgement - where the temporary cork on the champagnebottle is removed together with the leftovers of the yeast and replaced by the final cork.

The foire in Chalons-en-Champagne thus an excellent opportunity to experience this rare, manual skill.

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