Harvest at Champagne AR Lenoble
3rd September 2015
The grape harvest at AR Lenoble will begin on 7th September. We’re predicting 10 days of harvest and at this point. We are starting with our 6 hectares of Pinot Noir in the Premier Cru village of Bisseuil followed by our 2.5 hectares of Pinot Meunier in Damery.
We will begin harvesting our 10 hectares of Chardonnay in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the Côte des Blancs on Thursday, 10th September as we are hoping to capture these grapes at the absolute perfect maturity. Even though the first official day of harvesting for the village was declared as 7th September, one of the virtues of owning our own vineyards is that we choose to harvest according to when we decide the grapes are at their optimum ripeness.
We’re looking at 10 days of picking and 11 days of pressing. All pressing at AR Lenoble is done inside our winery in Damery using three traditional Coquard presses.
With the exception of a few days of rain in August, the growing season in Champagne was one of the driest we’ve seen in a very long time.
Although we will have a clearer idea following our initial tastings of the juice, we won’t be in a position to decide if we are going to declare a 2015 vintage until after we begin tasting the vins clairs starting in January.
Champagne AR Lenoble is one of the few remaining Champagne houses to be family-run and entirely independent.
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