Champagne 2016: no rush to celebration… yet

20th October, 2016 by Rupert Millar

After the vineyards were battered by a series of atrocious weather at the beginning of the year, the state of the harvest in Champagne in 2016 has given producers some cause for hope.

Hail, frost and torrential rain caused substantial damage, with the crop in the southern most appellation of the Côte de Bar being almost entirely destroyed by frosts in April.

Rainfall in May and June was exceptionally heavy and in places was two to three times higher than the monthly average and record low sunshine hours – the complete opposite of 2015.

The difficult season up to this point had delayed the average cycle by about 10 days, with peak flowering not recorded until the 21-24 June.

A statement from Bollinger noted: “This mediocre weather led….

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