The 2014 Harvest

 

It was amid positively radiant sunshine that members of the French and German press were given access to a behind the scenes view of the harvest. From vineyard to cooperative, and finally reaching the Centre Vinicole - Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte (CV-CNF), guests witnessed the continuous ballet of the arriving tankers as they arrive, which when the harvests are in full swing, deliver “the equivalent of 2 million bottles every day” according to Thierry Gomérieux, Director of Production. And it was here at the Centre Vinicole that local radio station France Bleu Champagne-Ardenne chose to broadcast a special live harvest edition. This was the perfect opportunity for its President, Véronique Blin and Managing Director, Dominique Pierre, to emphasise the role of the CV-CNF: “On a daily basis, we work very closely with our members, who are the owners of this company. Indeed, these very members are in charge of its destiny, and steer its future direction. Two key words encapsulate our relationship: proximity and services. The harvest is our most crucial period, when we gather the fruit of an entire year’s labour.” 

And for Guillaume Roffiaen (photo), Director of OEnology and Quality, the 2014 harvest is definitely all about quality. “As a result of the mild weather, the grapes were able to gain in concentration and aromas. Optimum ripeness levels were achieved, with good freshness and persistent acidity, enabling the wines to be stored as long as possible.” From now on, secrets are a thing of the past throughout the entire Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte production process, or almost…!

Cutting Edge | Published on: 27 October 2014
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