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A brief history of Champagne yields – Or “victim of your own success”

In Chronique (souvent) Bordelaise you can read about the evolution of harvest yields in Champagne. When the appellation was created in 1935 the maximum yield was defined as 7500 kg/hectare. (In Champagne they count in kg/ha instead of the measure hectolitres/ha used in most other districts. 7500 kg/ha corresponds to approx 50 hl/ha.)

By 1998 they maximum yield had reached 8500 kg/ha (ca 57 hl/ha).

Today the allowed harvest volume is (after the latest increase earlier this year) 15,500 kg/ha (ca 103 hl/ha).

A curious contrast to most other regions that make efforts to restrict yields to increase quality.


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