It has been a tricky year for grape growers in Champagne. Spring brought a warm spell which might have been a trigger for powdery mildew. Some claim that ultimately the finger should be pointed at global warming, whereas others think that it may be overcropping from the previous year to blame. After warmth came frost, then rain, and then another hot spell that wreaked havoc in the form of sunburnt grapes. It is fortunate that Champagne is a region equipped to deal with marginal harvests. Year after year, reserves are kept full from healthy harvests to help fill in the gaps when grapes are not as plentiful as desired--a guarantee for thirsty Champagne fans will be able to buy premium wine annually. Read on for how the grape growers and winemakers plan to deal with the 2019 vintage!
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