Every harvest is a balancing act.
Do you start picking as soon as the official start date is announced so as to be sure to get the harvest in safely before any bad weather has a chance to set in, or do you wait to get even riper grapes and risk rain and, what's worse, rot setting in?
This year the best results appear to have gone to those champagne makers, who like Patrick, stopped their harvest for a few days in the hope that the rain would hold off and the grapes would ripen that litle bit more that could make all the difference to the final champagne.
That decision looks to have paid off. Patrick explains why in this short video