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Champagne Harvest 2011 BlogWelcome to the My Man In Champagne Harvest 2011 blog!  We'll be uploading new posts as often as we can over the next few weeks during the Champagne Harvest of 2011.

This is an exceptionally early harvest due to hot early start to the vintage so it will be exciting to see how things pan out and what the growers and producers make of the quality of the grapes.  Look out here for as-it-happens photography, information and the odd video.  Thanks for watching!

altLast year's  Harvest  was unusual to say the least.

After predictions in Spring about the harvest kicking off as early as mid-August , things didn't quite turn out as forecast because some unseasonally cool and wet weather in July and early August slowed down the ripening of the grapes.

Mind you, 2011 will still go down in history as the second earliest harvest ever. I believe there was one back in the 1800s  that was even earlier.

Be that as it may, it's time to turn our attention to 2012, but if you'd like to look back on the videos and articles from last year's harvest you'll find them all in the Library section.

Just click on the Library menu at the head of this page and you'll find everything there under the title Harvest 2011

Jean-Pierre Vazart is the head of Champagne Vazart-Coquart in Chouilly, a Grand Cru villaqge in La Côte des Blancs.

Its been a bizarre harvest this year for him too and in this video he explains why

Watch out for the loud noises, we were right under the press itself and there was a lot going on around




At Champagne Huré Frères we saw a traditional press in action. In today's video we pay a visit to Champagne Penet-Chardonnet in Verzy to discover a different way of doing things... followed by the washing up of course!

In this video you can see the juice as it comes off the press and discover how it is seperated into different batches. Just another of the many regulations designed to keep the quality of the finished product at a consistently high level.