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Véraison is the onset of ripening: the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier turn red and the Chardonnay turns golden.
Hardening off is the stage when the shoots become brown and woody.

Under the aegis of the AVC (Association Viticole Champenoise), volunteer professionals monitor ripening to determine the optimal harvest date for each cru.