The CIVC announced the harvest dates for 2020 for the three main grape varieties in Champagne (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier) at a special harvest meeting held in Chouilly on August 15: this year's harvest will begin as early as August 17 in the Aube region. In the Marne Valley, the harvest will begin on August 18 in the villages of Montgenost and Bethon, and in the Montagne de Reims, no earlier than August 20.
According to the harvest documents issued by the Champagne Commission: 2018, 2019 and 2020 are similar to the three consecutive good vintages of 1988, 1989 and 1990: hot, dry climate, early ripening of the grapes, good ripeness and health. And, as last year, the 2020 vintage will have good acidity. The wineries and farmers will decide on their own when to harvest the grapes according to the harvest schedule published by the CIVC, taking into account the actual growth of each village and the different varieties of grapes. In addition, the CIVC re-organized a meeting on August 18 to determine the maximum harvest for 2020.
It is understood that the staff has done a series of protection measures according to the requirements of epidemic prevention. This is a good vintage in a difficult external environment, and it is thought that everyone will have different memories of their own when they drink the 2020 vintage in the future.