Is a bumper 2018 harvest good for Champagne?

Charles Philipponnat, CEO, Champagne Philipponnat

“This welcome derogation was only useful for those whose individual reserve had been depleted because of disastrous frosts, mainly in the Aube, or because of other adverse weather conditions like hail and mildew to a lesser extent. Most growers had much less potential yield up to the maximum reserve level (8,000kg). In the Philipponnat vineyard, the maximum yield we could add to our reserve was less than 1,000kg, and we did fill it up. Considering the high quality of this year’s harvest and the fact that it was also quite generous, meaning that there was no risk of not sorting the unhealthy or unripe grapes, nor of over-pressing, it was a very wise decision indeed.”

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