Champagne's ruling council has said houses and growers can harvest more grapes per hectare in 2014 than last year, reflecting a slight upturn in consumer demand.
The CIVC said this week that it has brokered a deal between growers and the province's top houses to increase maximum yields for the 2014 harvest to 10,500kg per hectare. Up to 400kg can be from a producers' reserves from previous vintages. This year's limit is 500kg up on 2013 and the CIVC said the choice reflected a 1% increase in global Champagne shipments in the first half of 2014, versus the same period of last year.'The situation in France does but wait fragile,' it warned.Background maximum yields in Champagne has been known to cause heated debate, with growers and houses often arriving at the table from different financial and commercial perspectives. This year's maximum yield has been set several weeks earlier than in 2013, which also reflects that many
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