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2022 Champagne Harvest: A Splendid and Promising Vintage

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September 21st – EPERNAY, France – The Comité Champagne announced today that Champagne region of France completed its 2022 harvest, which started on August 20 for the earliest-ripening crus. The last grapes were picked, the pressing centers delivered their final musts and fermentation is underway.

Despite the summer drought, some well-timed rain ultimately produced the best conditions for ripening. The year 2022 turned out to be a “solar” Champagne vintage, yielding substantial volume, with a quick and easy winegrowing season and perfectly healthy grapes.

The Champagne winegrowers and Houses are delighted by this magnificent harvest. The musts promise excellent quality, with potential alcohol on average better than 10% by volume, and well-balanced acidity.  Quantity was variable from sector to sector, but has proved sufficient everywhere to meet the 12,000 kg/ha available volume set for the year.

Champagne winegrowers’ President Maxime Toubart said, “Thanks to a bountiful, high-quality harvest and with the exceptional permission of the INAO (governing body for protected designations of origin), winegrowers have been able to rebuild reserves that were substantially depleted by the 2021 winegrowing year.”

Champagne Houses President David Chatillon said the 2022 harvest was most fortunate, noting with satisfaction that “market demand is strong – up 9% at the end of August compared to the previous year – following on the already remarkable figures for 2021. The profession remains optimistic for the future, despite the uncertain economic climate. The fine grapes harvested this year are set to make great wines that will surely satisfy the expectations of consumers.”

The Comité Champagne is the trade association that represents the interests of independent Champagne producers (vignerons) and Champagne Houses. Its mandate is to promote the vines and wines of Champagne through a broad remit that includes economic, technical and environmental development; continuous quality improvement; sector management; marketing and communications; and the promotion and protection of the Champagne AOC across the world. Follow the Comité on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to receive the latest news.
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