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A Spectacular Harvest Begins in Champagne

Sept. 10, 2015

This week marked the beginning of the 2015 harvest for Duval-Leroy, and every indication is this will be a banner year in Champagne!

Duval-Leroy, which uses 40 percent fruit from their own estate, a scale rarely found in Champagne and a major asset to the house, guaranteeing quality and consistency, began picking on Monday, September 7. Some 400 workers were recruited to harvest, transport and press the fruit, beginning with Meunier grapes from around Sézanne, and Chardonnay from the south of the Marne department.

On Tuesday the crews moved on to the Grand Crus, picking Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs, and Wednesday it was time for Grand Crus Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims.

In all, Duval-Leroy will harvest around 250 hectares – more than 600 acres – including owned and managed vineyards.

According to vineyards director Eric Fournel, a warm, sunny month of August has led to extraordinary sugar content and rich concentration of flavors, fulfilling the old saying, “Le mois d’Aout fait le mout!” – August makes the must!

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