Region 'Vintage Champagne' - Year 2001
|keep||Rather dilute wines lacking strength and vinosity.|
After a very wet winter, bud burst began but was about 15 days later than usual. After this late start, ideal conditions ensured in May and June, which were sunny flowering occurred satisfactorily. Rains and storms in July prompted many growers to green harvest. Then, véraison (ripening – change of colour of the grapes) began beautifully in August but sky high temperatures helped the vines ripen well and vineyards remained quite healthy.
Wet cold weather followed for the first three weeks of September, hindering ripening, diluting the grapes and causing some rot. The harvest started late September and ensued without sunshine. Selective picking was necessary to avoid rotten and underripe fruit.