Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne

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2013 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions One of the latest harvests since 1988, caused by delayed flowering into July. A warm rainless September saved the day. The reverse of 2012, a Chardonnay year par…

Champagne 2012

2012 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions A brilliant August and warm September made for an outstanding but small crop of Pinot Noir, best since 1952. Chardonnays big & foursquare are not in same league.…

Champagne 2006

2010 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Intense mid August rainfall damaged prospects for black grapes. Not vintage quality but Chardonnay is stalwart of NV blends. Best Producers No recommendations.

Champagne 2009

2009 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Dry winter led to a deficit in the water table. Fresh showers in spring put the vegetative cycle to rights. Flowering was fine but a chaotic stormy July…

Champagne 2008

2008 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions After an icy December (07) January was cold and raw temperatures continued in spring when there was some frost damage.May was warm, flowering satisfactory. Summer outbreaks of oidium…

Champagne 2007

2007 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions The season kicked off hot. April saw unusually high temperatures and flowering arrived a month early, in May. But it was far from homogenous, with differences arising even…

Champagne 2006

2006 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions The 2006 vintage was distinguished by an unusually dry and sunny June and July – promoting excellent flowering and good, steady ripening – followed by a rainy and…

Champagne 2005

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Following a cold dry winter, bud break began in April. Moderate temperatures and rainfall from April to June supported good growth with flowering in mid-June. Fruit set quickly…

Champagne 2012

2004 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Bud burst began on 10 April followed by flowering towards the middle of June. Berry set started soon after flowering and was unaffected by any incidence of shatter…

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2003 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions After a cold winter, March was warm and budburst began in April. After this bright start, heavy frosts struck the week of April 7th to 11th with snow…

Champagne 2005

2002 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions This year was generally a dry, warm year. Though August began with bursts of rain followed by high temperatures then thunderstorms at the end of the month. Rain…

Champagne 2009

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions After a very wet winter, bud burst began but was about 15 days later than usual. After this late start, ideal conditions ensured in May and June, which…

Champagne 2007

2000 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Spring began well with excellent growth showing by the end of April beginning of May and flowering in early June. Rainfall in July was four times higher than…

Champagne 2006

1999 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions This year showed higher temperatures and more rainfall than usual throughout the growing season and vineyard conditions remained healthy. After a mild winter, bud burst began well in…

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1998 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions First rain and cool temperatures prevailed in July. Rot threatened but never actually materialised. Then, during the first 10 days of August, a heatwave began scalding some of…

Champagne 2011

1997 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Frost and hail marred the growing season, and uneven ripening caused further problems. After a wet June, the summer was dry until the end of August, when heavy…

Champagne 2006

1996 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions A dry summer with long bursts of sunshine produced a very high quality harvest of slightly above average size. Best Appellations See producer Best Producers As in Burgundy…

Champagne 2005

1995 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Best Appellations Best Producers Very fine quality, especially for Chardonnay. Many vintage wines have been made, but only a few have been released.

Champagne 2008

1990 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Almost half of the region was affected by the frosts that came in April, and cool conditions during the latter part of spring affected the flowering, which was…