25 September, 2002

Deep dip in the autumn palette

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Meunier-plant to the left and Chardonnay-plant to the right. Loisy-en-Brie, September 22nd.

The autumn passes at a gallop. The Meunier-vines blush in the most attractive way, while the Chardonnay-vines stubbornly hang on to the fresh green, that has characterized these leaves all the time since spring.

The varieties simply develop in different ways, which provides Champagne's different areas of vines with their personal autumnal identity.

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Only three weeks ago the vine plots of Loisy-en-Brie were all green. Now autumn colours are up.

The Côte des Blancs, to the South of Épernay, is dominated by Chardonnay-plants, that typically changes straight into yellow from green. In the Montagne de Reims, between Reims and Épernay, the majority is Pinot Noir, a vine that typically covers the complete palette from green, into red and orange until it reaches the final in yellow.

An explosion of colours is about to take off right now on the slopes of the ridge, covered by vineyards on all sides. It is excactly as pretty as it sounds, I hope.

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The old mill at Verzenay in the Montagne de Reims surrounded by autumn.

Pictures from other years here and here.

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