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Champagne Taittinger has toasted the first harvest at its vineyard in south-east England, 18 months after planting vines on the site.

Patrick McGrath and Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger met up at Domaine Evremond in England earlier this week
(photo courtesy of Thomas Alexander Photography)

Patrick McGrath and Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger met up at Domaine Evremond in England earlier this week (photo courtesy of Thomas Alexander Photography)

Earlier this week, the president of the Champagne house, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, met with the MD of JV partner Hatch Mansfield, Patrick McGrath, to celebrate what the companies called the "first mini-harvest" at Domaine Evremond in Kent. The vineyard, initially acquired in late-2015, was the first to have been set up by a Champagne producer in the UK.

The first sparkling wines from Domaine Evremond will be released in 2023 once they have been aged in bottle for three years.

"We are expecting the first full harvest to take place in 2019, mother nature permitting," said McGrath this week. "We are very pleased with the results so far and are very much looking forward to seeing how things develop over the years."

Named after Charles de Saint-Evremond, the UK vineyard comprises around 40 hectares on the site of a former apple farm. The vines have been planted at a maximum of 80 metres above sea level, with chalk soil and south-facing slopes, "creating an ideal terroir to plant and grow high-quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines," Taittinger said in 2015.

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