The 2009 vintage in Champagne is often described as a warm, sunny year. ‘Solaire’ or so they say, but Frédéric Panaïotis is keen to set the record straight.
Over the last 20 years or so, there have been more and more Champagne harvests in August, yet in 2009 the harvest began on 12 September; the potential alcohol recorded at the time was reasonably high for sure (10.1 % by volume) but not that much higher than the 10-year average (9.8%) and the acidity noted in the grapes was also very close to the average, recorded as 7.5 grams per litre.
A classic and dry year for all that, and a very good one too! A ‘Golden Year’, according to Ruinart, and who are we are to argue? Fréd has been so impressed with the vintage that he has decided to declare it in preference to 2008, a much-admired year in Champagne….