It’s already early October and the grape-harvesting season is behind us.

We talk about it a lot, but what does it actually mean?

It’s the season during which the grapes for the wine production are collected.

And every year we are asked about their quality.

We always answer in a joyful and optimistic manner, as we await the first wine tastings of January to perfect our opinion.

But how can one (objectively) tell the quality of a harvest?

 

 

The 3 main appreciation criteria are:

• The quantity of harvested grapes.
• The sugar and acidity content of the grapes.
• The physical aspect of the vines.

But how can it vary from year to year and occasionally produce an exceptional year?

In Ferdinand’s bedside book “Viticulture”, Stephen Skelton discusses 3000 different human interventions that can impact the quality of a wine. These vary from the plantation of a vine to the choice of a bottle, as well as its cork.

And yet the most important factor remains… the climate!

Temperature, rainfall, sunshine and humidity all have a direct impact on the quality of the grapes.

A year with perfect climatic conditions will produce quality harvests, with beautiful and numerous bunches that are heavy, sweet and very aromatic, ideal for making great vintages.

 

 

The next big step is in January, with the team and some lucky others.

We taste up to 50 clear and non-sparkling wines in order to perfect the final blend of grapes.

It is on this occasion that we discover, always with the same admiration, the potential that our grapes have for making great champagnes.