A Different Kind of “Block Party”: Summer in the Vineyard
As the weather heats up, so does activity in the vineyard. Block by block, Raymond Reyes keeps a close watch as the grapes begin to change color, mature and develop into ripe clusters. Each vineyard has its own timeline, and each block within the vineyard expresses a unique maturation rate.
Crafting elegant sparkling and still wines is truly a year-round labor of love, and few understand this as much as Raymond Reyes, Director of Winegrowing at Domaine Chandon. As the man in charge of Chandon’s crop and land management, he spends the damp, chilly winter months wandering the hillsides of our various appellations, leading highly trained pruning teams and devising a plan to ensure each vintage reaches its full potential.