Uh oh. Global warming in Champagne too warm for Pinot Meunier
on 15/09/11 at 6:25 pmWine
Champagne is getting too warm for Pinot Meunier, according to a number of growers in the region.
Jean-Hervé Chiquet, co-owner of Champagne Jacquesson, told the drinks business of his concerns for the black grape: “Because of the effects of global warming raising average temperatures, Champagne is becoming too warm for Pinot Meunier.
“As a result, it’s getting harder and harder to work with, so I find myself using less each year, and planting more Pinot Noir in its place.”
“This year was particularly difficult for Pinot Meunier. Our Chardonnay turned out excellently, our Pinot Noir was okay, but we had real problems with Pinot Meunier.”
Although not used in his blends, Jean-Phillippe Moulin of Champagne Paul Goerg agrees: “Pinot Meunier is getting increasingly harder to harvest. The changing climate in Champagne is making it harder to grow, as it’s ripening too early.”