Well, the dates of this year's harvest in Champagne are finally due to be announced today, August 17th, by the CIVC, the governing body of the industry. But many champagne makers had to make important decisions weeks ago about when to start picking. To discover why here's a brief insight into what needs to be done to organise a harvest.
Forecasting this year's harvest in Champagne has been a real roller-coaster ride with umpteen theories doing the rounds for months now.
After a long and snowy winter the sun finally came out in April and as if to compensate for all the snow, it stayed out for weeks and the bright blue skies brought almost no rain at all. The vines burst into life and just kept on growing and growing; before long they were way ahead of where they would have been in a 'normal' year