Champagne: 2013 vintage could be a ‘96

5th September, 2013 by Rupert Millar

The initial analysis of the 2013 crop in Champagne is almost exactly the same as that of the legendary 1996 according to Henriot’s cellar master, Laurent Fresnet.

Speaking at a masterclass on blanc de blancs, Fresnet said that the initial laboratory results from the Champagne Bureau CIVC were “practically the same as 1996.”

Despite a difficult start to the year – in common with many other areas in France – Fresnet commented that it could still be “very great…but late”.

He added though that it might not be as late as previously thought as the vines have apparently caught up very quickly.

There will be two more analyses carried out by the CIVC, one today (Thursday 5 September) and one on Monday (9 September) which will better….

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