Wine outlook positive across French regions

on 01/09/11 at 8:51 am

Wine

Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône have all released statements that hint at a good 2011 vintage.

Although this year’s harvest is much earlier than normal, hopes are high that it will prove successful.

In Champagne, picking began on 19 August, the earliest harvest since 2003, which was in itself the earliest since the 19th century..

A report from the Champagne Bureau stated: “The 2011 Champagne harvest started on 19 August with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the Côte des Bar and Marne regions. This is the earliest the champenois have ever picked with the exception of 2003 (20/08/2003).

“This earlier than usual harvest is the result of a hot and dry spring followed by welcome rains in June and July. The harvest is proceeding extremely satisfactorily and though it is too early to make predictions or forecasts, experts’ views are that the grapes already picked are qualitative and bear the promise of exceptional aromas.”

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