On 16 August, the harvest of white wines began at Château Carbonnieux in Bordeaux. Since 20 August, Sauvignon Blanc and grapes for Crémants have been harvested in Graves and Entre-deux-mers. In the Gironde, small berries, slow fermentation processes and concentrated wines are expected due to the drought. Even the rain that fell in mid-August could not change that. Due to the hail damage at the beginning of June, a small harvest is expected.
Grapes have been harvested in the Aube department in Champagne since Monday 22 August. According to the Comité Champagne, this is two days later than in 2020, but still exceptionally early. David Chatillon, co-president of the Comité Champagne, says: "It's the eighth grape harvest to start in August since 2003." But he also stresses that the conditions are almost perfect: "We are in the ideal curve, with moderate water stress, and you have to remember that the vine is a Mediterranean plant. Water stress is good for them. You can't dream of better, both quantitatively and qualitatively".
(al / Source: La Revue du Vin de France, vitisphere; Photo: Comité Champagne)
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