The harvest was scheduled to start on 20th August and after all the anticipation I expected the pickers to be out there straightaway, but in fact No.
All was very quiet, probably because the weather forecast was fine and so there was no risk in leaving the grapes a day or two more so that the sugar levels could creep a little higher.
Anyway I found a small team of pickers from Champagne Philippe Martin at work down near the Marne River just outside Cumières and I grabbed the opportunity to have a word or two.
The first question I asked was how tough the work is on your back
These grapes are Pinot Meunier and as for the quality, well it's looking pretty good but it's too early to say if it will be a vintage year or not