Hot News: 07 Champagne Region Update


Hot News: What is happening in the Champagne region of France you might ask? Join us for an inside look, as we speak with Daniel Lorson from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), a trade organization looking after the interests of the growers and houses of Champagne.

Today we discuss:

– The 2007 harvest which will be the earliest on record – is this a result of climate trend (Global Warming) or a just a cycle?

– The coming expansion of the Champagne appellation – what will this mean to Champagne and the consumer?

– The growing popularity of Rose Champagne – why and will it continue?

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7 Responses to “Hot News: 07 Champagne Region Update”

  1. 1 Mark Ryan Jul 15th, 2007 at 8:34 pm


    Caught you saying “AVA” when you meant “AOC”. We ain’t in CA anymore, Toto! 🙂


  2. 2 Jeff Linder Jul 15th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble downloading this one into iTunes? It just refuses and leaves an exclamation point. Or is it just me?

  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Jul 15th, 2007 at 8:37 pm


    The issue has been resolved. Thanks for the heads up. It will take a few hours to cycle up to iTunes.


  4. 4 John Jul 16th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    According to M. Lorson harvest was “2 weeks earlier than normal…and yield will be average, NOT below average.” I know the season is not over, but might you want to reconsider your question when you posed the questing to M. Lorson, “So this is all basically effects of ‘global warming:” Seems a little, well I dunno, you tell me. Besides, can you really suggest that a single “Communications Director” is really the person you consider qualified to offer up anything more than one big gigantic guess particularly in light of the following recent news:

    Last month (June) Australia experienced it’s COLDEST TEMPERATURES SINCE 1950.

    June 22, 2007-“HAIL destroys half of Cote Rotie.” (Northern Rhone).

    June 25, 2007-“Alsace devastated, Trimbach, Weinbach damaged by HAIL.”

    July 10, 2007-“Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, has seen SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 89 YEARS, as a cold snap continues to grip several South American nations.”

    July 13, 2007- “The mildew plague sweeping through French vineyards has not caught on in Burgundy due to the RECENT COLD WEATHER, say local growers.”

    July 19, 2007, “Bordeaux vineyards lose 90% of crop as rain and rot threaten French harvests.”

    Maybe the entire “globe” in “global” is a single appellation in France?
    Finally, he even went so far as to say that if it IS global warming, they are actually benefiting from it!


  5. 5 GrapeRadio Bunch Jul 17th, 2007 at 8:06 am


    Must’ve been a blip in the audio – I’m certain I said “AOC.” (;-) Okay, you got me. My brain thinks “appellation” and my mouth speaks “AVA.” Gotta work on that.


  6. 6 hot news Mar 15th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    The coming expansion of the Champagne appellation – what will this mean to Champagne and the consumer?

  1. 1 ChâteauBrys » Blog Archive » links for 2007-07-16 pingback on Jul 17th, 2007 at 12:33 am

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