Burgundy winemakers have been fighting the elements this year. Spring frosts, hail, millerandage during flowering and – perhaps most damaging – lack of water. But when the harvest started on August 31 for the crémant wines, the spirits were high. In prestigious Côte d’Or, picking started around 13 September and continued for 10 days in beautiful and sunny weather.
Philippe Bernard at Domaine Clos Saint Louis in Fixin is very pleased with the quality. “But because of the heatwave we will have a little less volume than usual”, he says.
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