Champagne, 2010

The 2010 vintage was dominated by the ever changing weather and growers and producers had to exercise skill and knowledge in the vineyard in managing the conditions, plus some quick thinking in sorting and selecting to pick the best produce. Yields were low and Chardonnay fared better than Pinot Noir and many blends lean towards the former – producing balanced wines for ripeness and crispness.

The summer began in almost drought-like conditions and many vines suffered from hydric stress halting maturation. Then in mid-August the skies opened and the region got about a summer’s worth of rain in three days. This had the positive effect of kick starting growth, but some berries grew so rapidly that they burst which caused some botrytis (rot). There was also no let up for the rain until mid-September and it was a very tricky job to bring fruit in before it rotted. Selection and sorting were key in picking the best Pinot Noir, a thin skinned variety susceptible to rot and disease, and yields were down by up to 50.

Champagne, 2010

The 2010 vintage was dominated by the ever changing weather and growers and producers had to exercise skill and knowledge in the vineyard in managing the conditions, plus some quick thinking in sorting and selecting to pick the best produce. Yields were low and Chardonnay fared better than Pinot Noir and many blends lean towards the former – producing balanced wines for ripeness and crispness.

The summer began in almost drought-like conditions and many vines suffered from hydric stress halting maturation. Then in mid-August the skies opened and the region got about a summer’s worth of rain in three days. This had the positive effect of kick starting growth, but some berries grew so rapidly that they burst which caused some botrytis (rot). There was also no let up for the rain until mid-September and it was a very tricky job to bring fruit in before it rotted. Selection and sorting were key in picking the best Pinot Noir, a thin skinned variety susceptible to rot and disease, and yields were down by up to 50.

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