Champagne 2012 will be an ‘exceptional’ vintage (by Decanter.com)

Posted: January 18, 2013 by wynmaker in Cellars, Europe, France, MCC, Sparkling, Vintage, Wine, Wineries, World wine news
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2012 is a good year!

2012 is a good year!

 

Champagne producers including Dom Perignon and Philipponnat have confirmed they will make a vintage in 2012.

Despite what vignerons at the time called one of the worst growing seasons they had seen for decades, with April frosts, hailstorms, and one of the wettest summers on record, they are highly optimistic for the quality of the vintage.

‘The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,’ Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter.com.

Winegrowers said the warm weather in August was a saving grace. As harvest grew closer it became apparent that the small amounts of grapes on the vines were of excellent quality. In September as grapes were picked and pressed, often at close to 11% alcohol, winemakers were amazed by the concentration of flavour, natural sugar and acidity, and talk of a potential vintage began to be widespread.

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