The process begins at harvest time and, as with everything aspect of the Augustin establishment, symbolism is important.
The choice of harvest days depends on the maturity of each parcel, but also on the lunar calendar which divides days up into four categories: Fruit days, Root days, Flower days, and Leaf days.
Fruit and Flower days are therefore the most favourable times for harvesting.
For some years now, Champagne Augustin has been moving towards a predominantly female grape-picking team as the feminine aspect embodies notions of gentleness, care, fecundity and fertility.
The next phase is the pressing process which transforms the grapes into juice. This is preferably carried out in the morning at a very slow pace. Cuvées produced are left unfiltered so that they retain all their characteristics.
Vinification can then begin.