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One good reason to pop the bubbly

Margaret Eby
August 29, 2018

2018 has been a tough year for lots of things, but it is an excellent year for Champagne. The traditional Champagne harvesting season doesn't usually start until September, but because of an unusually rainy winter and a summer heat wave, this year's has already begun. Winegrowers expect this year's harvest to be the best in a decade, according to The New York Post. Champagne wines are expected to post up to a 56 percent growth this year after several seasons of poor crops. 

"The last few years have been tough, this year is expected to be exceptionally good so we are very happy,” the president of Champagne winegrowers’ union, Maxime Toubart, told The Post.

Of course, while the news is good this year, the larger implications of climate change might not be so great for the Champagne region. Thirty years ago, harvests started as late as October. Now, August is becoming a more usual time for the harvest to begin. Regardless, this year's excellent harvest means that there will likely be some very good vintage bottles of wine on offer in the not-so-distant future. 

 

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