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Good news for champagne producers - but don't pop those bottles just yet

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Last year’s nearly non-existent summer proved horrific for champagne production. So fingers are crossed that this year’s slightly above normal temperatures will continue straight through until harvest season, culminating in the sweet sound of bottles-a-popping to celebrate the good news.

French champagne production is expected to be up by 56 percent this year as long as the weather cooperates for the next two months, that's 16 percent higher than the average for the past five years, according to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture.

But sadly, this won’t have any effect on the price.

Champagne, the north-east region of France, remains strictly controlled through legislation to produce the effervescent wine drink for LVMH— which includes known brands of Dom Pérignon, Moët, and Veuve Cliquot.

Yet, despite the good news, Thibault Le Mailloux, the spokesman for the Interprofessional Committee of Champagne Wine (CIVC), reminds all producers to remain prudent from now until harvest season.

Weather patterns can be unpredictable and anything can happen. Not too long ago, a freak hail storm in the south-west wine region of Bourgogne, devastated this year’s harvest.

Champagne is produced using a mix of grapes from different harvests. But producers are in agreement that this year’s production will not be bottled right away, but will be used to make-up previous non-dated reserves.

“In one go, the reserve allows one to enhance the flavours of the wines and to create a stable climate” added Le Mailloux.

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