Cham­pagne grapes lashed

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

BAD weather caused a se­vere de­crease in this year’s grape har­vest in the Cham­pagne re­gion, but grow­ers pre­dicted qual­ity would trump quan­tity in this vin­tage.

The area in north­ern France suf­fered pun­ish­ing rain and hail that dam­aged the grapes in mid-Au­gust, just be­fore the har­vest.

The pick­ers have had to be highly selec­tive be­cause the late rain caused a fun­gus known as botry­tis bunch rot to af­fect the ma­ture grapes.

This year’s har­vest is the ear­li­est since 1950.

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