Champagne Announces 2014 Harvest Dates
WASHINGTON – The dates for Champagne’s 2014 harvest have been announced. The Champagne region will commence harvesting grapes on September 8 with picking continuing throughout the month.
Only grapes handpicked from specific, delineated plots in the appellation can be used to produce Champagne. Located 90 miles northwest of Paris, the region covers less than 80,000 acres. In addition to allowing grapes to be grown only in a limited number of plots within the region and requiring harvest by hand, the Champagne appellation has strict regulations regarding all aspects of the cycle – from the planting of the vine through harvest, pressing and bottling – all designed to ensure quality for consumers. The grapes picked will go into non-vintage wines that sit on the lees for at least 15 months, reserve wines for future non-vintages or, if the producer deems the 2014 harvest worthy, vintages that remain in the caves for at least three years.
“When it comes to wine, location is an integral part of the product. The carefully regulated harvest that is about to start in Champagne puts quality first and is one of the many reasons Champagne only comes from Champagne,” said Sam Heitner, director of the Champagne Bureau, USA.
About The Champagne Bureau, USA
The Champagne Bureau, USA, is the official U.S. representative of the Comité Champagne, a trade association which represents the grape growers and houses of Champagne, France. The Bureau works to educate U.S. consumers about the uniqueness of the wines of Champagne and expand their understanding of the need to protect the Champagne name. For more information, visit us online at www.champagne.us. Follow us on Twitter at @ChampagneBureau.