|GH Mumm and Perrier-Jouet describe Champagne harvest as 'unprecedented'|
|Written by Gemma McKenna|
|Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:48|
GH Mumm and Perrier-Jouet have described this year’s Champagne harvest as “unprecedented” - given an early harvest and erratic weather patterns.
Flowering took place three weeks early, following a harsh winter and warm spring, which culminated in the Houses starting to pick on August 23 at Aÿ and Dizy.
The Côte des Blancs vineyards at Avize, Chouilly and Cramant and the Montagne de Reims vineyards at Mailly began on August 25.
Weather during the harvest season has been erratic - an unexpected heat wave at the end of the month and a little rain slowed down ripening and delayed picking.
Most sites had finished by September 3, and the final grapes were harvested on five days later.
The Houses predicted 2011 should be a good year, judging by grape soundness and the aromatic quality of the must. This year’s must has 7.5 g/l of acidity and a potential alcohol content of 9.4 on average.