Pressing at Perrier Jouët in Cramant

You see and hear lots of interesting things when you visit Champagne while the harvest is actually going on. On my three day trip there last week I saw several different press houses in action and have made a couple of short videos featuring the Coquard basket press at two different wineries. The first involves the Perrier-Jouët operation in the village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs. It’s is remarkable just how quickly the presses are loaded by hand. The baskets of Chardonnay you see being emptied at speed each weigh around 40 kilos and therefore you need 100 to get the 4,000 kilos that makes up one pressing (known as a Marc).

First Video:

Thanks to Finn Fallowfield for editing.

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