11 May, 2002

Early grapeharvest expected in Champagne

The grapeharvest in Champagne can begin as early as August 15th this year, says the technical manager of the CIVC, Dominique Moncomble, to the newspaper l'Union.

Already last week the first flowers were spotted in the Côte de Sézanne. Since then more has joined forces - not yet in our plots though. Normally you get the first hint of a possible start of the vendange by adding 100 days to that of the full flowering.

If the qualified guess of the manager comes true, it will be a grapeharvest one month earlier than normal. We usually start around September 20th. Never before has there been a grapeharvest so early, as it seems likely this year, according to l'Union.

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