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Champagne under threat as climate change begins to take hold

Posted On: 10 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Scotsman

Champagne under threat as climate change begins to take hold

Speaking in an interview with GlobalData, CIVC director of communications Thibaut Le Mailloux said shifts in weather patterns and temperature rises have fundamentally changed the way grape growers and wine producers in the region operate.
He added that age-old Champagne truisms - such as harvesting 100 days after the vines flower - no longer apply, as climate change brings early harvests and changes to the grapes themselves that are lowering their acidity.
Le Mailloux went on to say that they are clearly already producing Champagne in a climate that's “different from the one of our fathers.”
The CIVC said that the Champagne region managed to “cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent per bottle shipped”.
To combat the changes, the CIVC is spearheading research and development into maintaining the sparkling wine's taste profile. The group, which oversees Champagne, has also launched sustainability targets to lower its carbon footprint in wine production and supply chain logistics.
Le Mailloux said:...

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