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Grand Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region

September 2019

LOUIS XIII: HARVEST TIME IN GRAND CHAMPAGNE

It’s harvest time in Grande Champagne, the first cru of the cognac region, a mild and temperate land that bears the fruit for LOUIS XIII. Here, between ocean and forest, the roots of the finest vines reach deep into the earth to soak up its deepest secrets.

The exceptionally chalky soil in this prized production region reflects the light and allows the grapes - only pure Ugni Blanc grapes for LOUIS XIII - to mature to perfection. This unique, late-ripening grape variety gives a wine that, once transformed into eaux-de-vie, reveals a myriad of rich and intense aromas.

The harvest usually take place at the beginning of October after the summer heat has waned. It marks the culmination of a years’ work for our winegrowers. After pruning all winter, cultivating the vineyard and shaping the vegetation, the grapes are picked, delicately pressed and left to ferment for 5-7 days. The result is a dry, acidic white wine with 7-9% alcohol: a wine that’s undergone zero chaptalization and is ideal for distillation.

The exact date for the harvest depends not only on the grape variety, the terroir and the orientation of the vineyard, but also the summer climate. The successive heatwaves and record temperatures seen in 2019 will have an impact on grape maturity and the harvest date may well be pushed forward. To guarantee a perfect LOUIS XIII, every moment counts.