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Vintage Chart for Champagne

2018***Enthusiasm for the vintage goes so far as for some producers to describe it as the vintage of the century. Very early harvest with high yields and higher ripeness levels than usual, so style of vintage releases is likely to be on richer side.
2017"The most challenging vintage of my career," says Gilles Descôtes at Bollinger. Warm, wet conditions in August forced early picking in order to avoid botrytis. Unlikely to be many vintage releases.
2016**Low yields as everywhere in France but decent quality.
2015***Small berries at harvest may make high alcohol an issue, and should be a rich vintage.
2014**Good year for quality and quantity; producers expect to make vintage wines better than 2013 or 2012.
2013Small crop size, but rescued by Indian summer and late harvest. Good acidity means vintage wines may have longevity. Not as good as 2012.
2012*Poor growing season rescued by warm August and dry September. All varieties did equally well and vintage Champagnes are good.
2011An average year with high yields and some problems with maturity.
2010Very variable, little vintage wine. Rot reduced size of crop.
2009*Variable with few vintage wines. There is a tendency for the wines to be a little too heavy, and they will mature early.
2008**Generally a vintage year. Wines on the austere side, in fact some producers considered releasing them after the richer 2009s as they need more time and will age longer.

 

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