09 September, 2016
Puzzle of sugar levels before date decision
We are one step closer to the champagnes of 2016.
Yesterday Alain collected samples in all plots in order to measure the sugar of the grapes.
We aim at a sugar level that will provide us with still wines between 10 and 11 % vol.
Sunny weather, more sugar
Currently, we have very warm weather every day so you would expect sugar levels to go up easily. They certainly do grow as we check the measures of other winegrowers every 3-4 days. We have so few grapes this year that we will only do one sampling.
The average in Champagne is of 7,4 % vol for the Chardonnays in la Marne and 8,5 for the Pinot Meuniers and a bit less for the Pinot Noirs, also in la Marne.
In our own plots we reach the same level for the Pinots but our Chardonnays are behind with only 6,5 % vol which makes it a bit of a descision when to begin the harvest. For logistical reasons we need to finish it all in the one week, we hire staff. How that will be manageable with such a gap between the red and the white grapes is the puzzle of today.
Date decision expected
Later, in the afternoon, the winegrowers of our corner will discuss measures and possible dates.
Hopefully this will bring us a big step closer towards the date descision in order to inform the staff.