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Champagne News: 2017 Harvest

At a meeting this past week in Epernay, CIVC, Champagne growers and houses agreed to set the available yield for the 2017 harvest at “10,800 kilograms per hectare, including 500 kg/ha to be released from the “reserve”.

This decision is based on favorable agronomic prospects, to date estimated between 10,000 and 11,000 kg/ha, with a very healthy vineyard, due to summer weather since mid-May.
The growing cycle of the vine is about ten days ahead of the ten-year average.
The beginning of the harvest is expected in late August, which would make it one of the five earliest in the history of Champagne.

The available yield of 10,800 kg/ha gives Champagne growers and houses the means to meet the growing market demand. Champagne shipments for the first six months of 2017 have grown by 2.9%, export volumes rose sharply, to over 9% overall and in particular outside the European Union (+ 17.9%).

If this trend goes on, it could lead to a record 2017 turnover for Champagne.

Source: CIVC

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Award Winning Author and Wine Journalist Liz Palmer is a well-respected wine journalist since 2004 and has an international reputation as a critic and judge. Liz has had the pleasure of interviewing and tasting with some of the industry’s leading winemakers, professors and personalities. Liz Palmer’s articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She is one of four founding international hosts for #ChampagneDay 2011-2017; she has served as a judge for the 2013-2017 Global Traveler's Wines on the Wing airline wine competition (New York); 2014-2017 Michelangelo International Wine Awards (South Africa) 2014-2017; and for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business (New York) (2014-2017). Her Memberships include: Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada, Circle of Wine Writers (UK), International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV); Wine Century Club (NYC), The Fine Wine Reserve, and Les Dames d’Escoffier (President – Toronto Chapter). 2017 Awards: Liz Palmer’s first book, “The Ultimate Guide To Champagne” has received the National Award for the best French Wine Book at the Gourmand World Awards 2017. On April 7th, 2017 she was awarded the title of “Dame Chevalier” of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne at an official ceremony in Paris.

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