Champagne Vintage Analysis
A champagne vintage chart provides a year by year analysis of the Champagne Region's grape harvest. When deciding on the vintage of a brand the vintage chart can give clues to the best years.
Vintage champagne is not released for a minimum of three years after the first January following the harvest (i.e. 2010 for the 2006 harvest). Most vintages are not released until 5 years of age or longer. The decision to declare a vintage rests with each individual producer depending upon their particular grapes. The following information is given as a general guideline, as exceptions always exist according to weather in specific areas. Other factors include optimal storage conditions and how a specific brand is aging to obtain the peak drinking timeframe.
Exceptional: 1996, 2002
Too soon to tell / predictions
Possibly Exceptional: 2012