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Champagne producers agreed to set the maximum yield for the 2019 harvest at 10,200 kilos per hectare, 600kgs/ha down on the base level set for 2018, to produce around 300 million bottles. The CIVC Comité that represents the two sides of the champagne business – the growers and the merchant houses (négociants) – see this as the appropriate level to provide a suitable supply of champagne to meet future predicted demand. They are not expecting sales of fizz to change much in 2018, a view which some might view as optimistic in the present economic climate.
When they set the yield each July, with the harvest typically six to eight weeks away, the Comité considers various factors. Actual sales in the year to date, obviously; but also expected demand in the important last quarter when most champagne is purchased. The potential for the harvest in terms of quality, health and size, plus the level of s...

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