French Champagne house Paul J. Champagne has released the 2013 vintage of dry Champagne, which is said to be a very special vintage, harvested on October 9, a relatively late harvest.
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Hubert de Billy, a fifth generation member of the Paul J. Champagne family, said at the launch that the 2013 vintage was very different from this year"s vintage.
We completed the 2020 harvest, the earliest in the history of Champagne, while the 2013 harvest was relatively late, starting on September 24 and running until October 9, he said. This is a specific harvest at a specific time.
Laurent dHarcourt, president of the Champagne brand, explained that this was the first vintage announced after the departure of former president Patrice Noyelle. Although dharcourt and de Billy were initially wary of announcing consecutive vintages (2012 and 2013), the quality of the 2013 wines also led to the creation of a white in white Champagne and a Churchill wine.
The 2013 vintage is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, sourced from 20 Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.
The next vintages of Paul J. Champagne will include 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and possibly 2020.