In 2004, the respected wine critic Jancis Robinson wrote a play entitled "Can Carignan Ever Be Great"? At the time, Carignan was emerging from the darkness of the overproduction era, and some winemakers were defending the grape variety as Next Big Thing.
The harvest is currently at its peak in the Languedoc. You can't go anywhere, at practically any time of the day or night, without seeing the large harvesting machines, tractors pulling trailers full of grapes and, less often, teams of manual harvesters.
The 2020 harvest is just around the corner and the first tractors pulling their trailers are already causing traffic jams in the villages. Most winegrowers are still holding out, waiting for the optimum time to pick their Muscat, Sauvignon or Chardonnay, which are three of the first varieties to be harvested. But how do winemakers know when is the best time to harvest?