October 25th, 2018 - by Pei Yeng

Harvest 2018 in Champagne region

Grapes from harvest 2018

The harvest of 2018 was extraordinary. The wine makers were very satisfied for the maturity, quality and quantity of the grapes. The grapes are in good condition, very rich in sugar and aromas.

This year the harvest started earlier than usual in August. According to The Comité Champagne (trade organization of Champagne), it is the fifth grape harvest started in August over the last fifteen years.

Champagne region experienced warm and shinny spring and summer, which helped the growth of the vines and the ripening of the grapes.

Now the wine makers will have to wait for the tasting of their base wines (known locally as vin clair) to confirm the excellent quality of this harvest. These base wines will be blended into a ‘cuvée’ (local term for a blended Champagne) to make non-vintage or vintage Champagne 2018.