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Harvest in Champagne
We are in the final week of August vacations in France and everyone is thinking about la rentrée (returning after a break). I really enjoy the spirit in Paris as people return from vacation and get back to work.
Wine harvest across France kicks into high gear right at about the same time as la rentrée and this year is different because the unusually warm spring had many vignerons (wine growers) in France talking about beginning their vendange (harvest) as much as three weeks early.
Champagne is a diverse and beautiful region and going there is an easy day trip from Paris. Early one morning I visited the Côte des Blancs section of the Champagne region south of Ay where some of the most prestigious Champagne terroir [land] is located. The region is dedicated exclusively to Chardonnay and, generally speaking, the Champagnes from this region express a dry style with vibrant acidity.
In our home we can never have enough Champagne on hand, especially from growers and producers whom we know personally.
Technical Details: Canon 1Ds Mark II, 70-200mm, F 4, 1/2000 second, ISO 100.
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