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Autumn colours in Champagne

Publié par blogchauvet le 14 nov 2013 dans Our vineyard | 0 commentaire

Autumn colours in Champagne

This year, autumn temperatures have been particularly lenient in Champagne, leaving magical colours on the vineyard.         Every day since the end of the harvest, the vineyards in Rilly la Montagne changes colour. Slowly browns and reds made their appearance in the middle of the green leaves. Then the vines tinted orange, yellow and dark red.   Today, the green has virtually disappeared, but the vineyard offers us an infinite palette of colours  ranging from yellow to red.   The leaves fall very slowly, the...

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End of the vine tying in the Marc Chauvet vineyards

Publié par blogchauvet le 2 mai 2012 dans Our vineyard | 0 commentaire

End of the vine tying in the Marc Chauvet vineyards

Last week, Nicolas, Yves and Laetitia finished the tying of the vines. This operation takes place immediately after pruning, early spring, for about 3 weeks. It consists of attaching the branches of vine and the strands at the feet of the vines to a wire support, using a clamp to bind, to avoid breakage due to the wind. It also allows to manage the vegetation to give a correct form at the foot of vine and promotes a better distribution of the grape bunches. Vine strands are thus lying along the wires that guide them during...

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Nicolas, Yves and Laetitia start pruning the vines

Publié par blogchauvet le 1 fév 2012 dans Our vineyard | 0 commentaire

Nicolas, Yves and Laetitia start pruning the vines

One of the most important points in the chain of « creating » a champagne, vine pruning directly determines the quality of the grapes, and the champagne. It is a long and difficult manual labour for the winegrower, exposed to weather during the harsh months of champagne winters. But it is one of the most interesting jobs of the vine! Indeed, the action of the winemaker on the plant is paramount for the conduct and the fate of the plants, as well as for the coming harvest. The objective of pruning is to regulate the grape...

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Pre-pruning the vineyard

Publié par blogchauvet le 7 nov 2011 dans Our vineyard | 0 commentaire

Pre-pruning the vineyard

The grape harvest is complete, the fermentations also. Clotilde and Nicolas are now devoted to the sale of champagne and end of year wine shows. Yves works in the vineyard and Laetitia in the cellar. But what is Yves up to in the vineyards at the moment? He’s pre-pruning the vines. The pre-prune (or the pre-pruning) is to prepare the vines for the final and more severe winter pruning. The pre-pruning is done mechanically with a pre-pruner fixed on the tractor. This action allows the viticulturist to save time later on during the final...

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An exceptionally early harvest

Publié par blogchauvet le 22 juil 2011 dans Our vineyard | 0 commentaire

An exceptionally early harvest

Not been seen since 1822! Without any major weather changes, the harvest in 2011 should start around the 20th of August in Champagne. The combination of a large rainfall deficit in spring, strong sunlight and an exceptionally early flowering is totally rare in Champagne! After an unusually severe winter and a summer-like spring, the vines are well in advance : one week for the budding, three weeks for the flowering. The spring drought has so far prevented the development of pests and diseases. « The Champagne vineyards are very...

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