Region 'Vintage Champagne' - Year 1998
|keep||Quality and quantity of the harvest surpassed expectations with grapes showing good health, sugar and acid levels|
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 the clusters of grapes. In September, persistent torrential rains caused the grapes to swell to such a degree that excessive sugar dilution and loss of acidity seemed inevitable. A return to sunny, windy weather around September 15 allowed the ripening process to resume and the vintage began in most parts, shortly thereafter. Staggered picking helped growers select for ripe fruit. Quality and quantity of the harvest surpassed expectations with grapes showing good health, sugar and acid levels.