Most of the grapes where harvested when I was there. It was an unusual ealy harves this year. We have to wait a while to find out if the harvest was good, but people I spoke with said it was fair.
Champange is stored in bottles for at least 18 monthes and they are stored in a rack with the neck down. Deposits form the yeast processe settles in the neck and is removed before we get it to drink. I must say humans are clever.
As I mentioned, there are more than 30 champange houses in Les Riceys, and at every junction there are signs telling you who to find where. Tasting often costs some, but no more than a coffe, and then you get many champanges too. I would recommend saving money on coffe and go for the champange if you find your self in the region.
As most of you know by now, I think it is important to smell the champange, or wine, before you tast it. it gives a better idea of the complexity of the drink. Champange often smell of minerals and fresh bread.
As most champange glasses are tall and elegant, I needed the help of Henrietta to get a good taste. This particular champange had a taste of apple jucie, butter and minerals, with a short after taste.
I tried to explain the tasting prosess to Henrietta, and she smelled the champange like a proffesional. But then, when I was holding her up to smell, she made a jump.... oh dear....
Oh, yes, back to is it worth taking your human...it sure is. You will have a happy human all the time you are in Champange...just leave your pet at home.