• 2011 Harvest Dates in Champagne

    The CIVC has released the official start dates for the 2011 harvest, and as expected, they are unusually early. A number of villages in the Aube are authorized to begin picking as early as this Friday (the 19th), and in the Marne, growers can harvest meunier in Cumières and Damery on Friday as well, although pinot noir and chardonnay have to wait until Monday the 22nd.

    While I'm not entirely sure if this is the earliest Champagne harvest ever, it's certainly a contender. It's only the third harvest in recorded history to begin in August, with the previous two coming within the last decade (2003 and 2007), and if I remember correctly
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