The premature harvest of 2020
Short report on the harvest of 2020 in France.
After one of the hottest springs of the century, French wine growers are filling up their wine cellar with the grapes of a historically early harvest. The advance of the vegetation has forced the date of the beginning of the harvest from two to four weeks. The purpose: avoid obtaining wines that are too heavy in alcohol, because the high temperatures accelerate the sugar concentration in the grapes.
In Bourgogne, the Fichet domain in Igé (Saône-et-Loire) took out the shears on 12 August, almost a month earlier than in 2019.
A 15-day advance is also witnessed in the Bordelais. Indeed, the first whites have started to be harvested around August 20 and the first reds from September 5 to 10.
Likewise, in Champagne, the fist shears blows were given around August 20.
In the Val de Loire, the average advance is ten days, at the end of August for the Chardonnay, the muscadet nantais, the crémant d'Anjou and the Touraine.
Chinon is expected to start around the 10-15 September instead of the usual 20-25 September.
Despite this historically early event, the year 2020 promises a great harvest both in quality and in quantity. All the conditions have been met for a beautiful season.