vintage years
Vintage Years

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.

Champagne Vintages

Exceptional: 1996, 2002
Very Good: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2004.
Good: 1997, 1999, 2000
Average: 2003, 2005
Below Average: 1994, 2001

Too soon to tell / predictions

Possibly Exceptional: 2012
Possibly Very Good: 2011, 2008
Possibly Good: 2010, 2009, 2006
Possibly Average: 2007










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