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In the Champagne it's the vintage of Pinot Noir

The yield of the harvest 2013 in Champagne was set in July in 10,500 pounds per acre , down 4.5 % compared to 2012

After a particularly cold winter and spring, wet and dreary, the vineyard began its development with a delay of a fortnight on the ten-year average, slowly evolving until June. Flowering takes place particularly well, with a very favorable early summer, which has left hope for a good collection potential since the health status of the vineyards is very satisfactory. Apart from some land planted with vines affected by hail, the weather warm and sunny July and August has been very favorable, and health status of the clusters is now excellent.

The delay in the spring can not be recovered , and the first shots of shear should be given towards the end of September (Aube and south of Champagne) or early October ( the Marne and Aisne Cȏte des Blancs).

These dates are more like those of the past. In fact, in twenty years , they have earned on average a fortnight. The evolution of the dates of full bloom and the harvest is a striking example of the ongoing climate change. Since 1987, flowering and harvest earn systematically precocity .

During the period , the crop yields are not decreased, on the contrary , while the maturation medium at harvest one has gained 0.8% vol . of alcohol, in favor of a maturation shifted to longer days and warmer, and higher levels of atmospheric CO2 , with an improvement of the efficiency of photosynthesis.

This promotes overall especially the Pinot Noir, and facilitates the processing of Rosé Cuvée Brut and Extra.

The yield of the harvest 2013 in Champagne was set in July in 10,500 pounds per acre, down 4.5 % compared to 2012, in a general economic environment still nebulous.

"This amount represents a bet on the next years, which are likely to see an estate markets in France and Europe , partially offset by strong growth in exports outside Europe ," said Jean -Marie Barillère, President of the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne ( CIVC ) .

In the first half of 2013, the volume of shipments of Champagne accuses an overall decrease of 2.9%, with sales down 5.3 % in France and 6% in Europe. Only non-EU markets resist, an increase of 7 % from the first half of 2012. "These new markets are essential for growth of the lungs of Champagne, in the coming years, we must adapt to this new economic reality," says Pascal Férat , president of the Syndicat Général des Vignerons ( SGV ) .

The harvest in 2013 would also allow staff to replenish the reserves of those qualitative vigneron who have largely drawn in 2012, after the harvest is not exceptional in volume last year.

by S. C.
02 september 2013, World News > Europe

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