Indeed, some vintages are crafted to be tasted rapidly. Some others can be kept a few years in gaining maturity. Only the great years gives great vintage champagnes, but the weather conditions are different from year to year and thus, all vintages are different to each other, especially regarding their ageing. It’s the vintage’s qualities which determines the champagne future.
When you buy a champagne in a classic vintage, you make sure you have an excellent champagne that you can drink in a reasonable delay.
However, when you buy champagne in a great vintage or an outstanding vintage as 1996, you make sure you’ve done a smart choice through the years. The champagne will improve from year to year and will reward anyone who is patient enough to wait. Nevertheless, these champagnes can also be drank young.
Champagne 1983: Very good vintage, to be drank now.
Champagne 1986: Vintage to be drank now.
Champagne 1988: An outstanding vintage with great ageing qualities.
Champagne 1990: A very good vintage giving excellent Champagnes. To be drank now.
Champagne 1992: To be drank now.
Champagne 1993: Great Pinot Meunier And very good Chardonnay. To Be Drank Now.
Champagne 1995: Oustanding Chardonnay From The “Côte Des Blancs”.
Champagne 1996: Certainly the best vintage champagne on the Market today.
That’s the One to Buy and to Keep In The Future, It Will Then Be Sumptuous.
1996 Will certainly be A mythical vintage.
Champagne 1997: Only the great champagne houses created the 1997 vintage, as it is complex and heterogeneous.To be drank now..
Champagne 1998: Great chardonnay full of freshness. Champagnes to be kept.
Champagne 1999: Great pinot noir vintage.
To be drank now, as it does not have a long ageing capabilities.
Champagne 2000: The first vintage of the millennium! Great pinots noirs.To be drank now.
Champagne 2001: Vintage to be drank now.
Champagne 2002: Fabulous vintage.Probably the best one of the decade.
Great ageing capabilities, outstanding chardonnay, and generous pinots noirs.
Champagne 2003: This is the year of the great heat wave in france. There’s a few vintage from this year but the one who take the challenge to create this vintage can be nicely rewarded…
Champagne 2004: Balanced champagnes, high quality for chardonnay and meuniers. Great vintage, with good ageing capabilities.
Champagne 2005: Great success for the chardonnay. Outstanding vintage, to be kept.
Champagne 2006: Better pinots noirs than chardonnays. Great cuvée in ay, avize, verzy and oger. Champagnes to be kept.
Champagne 2007: A chardonnay’s vintage, full of freshness and aromas. Great vintage and ageing capabilities.
Champagne 2008: Great pinots noirs, weak yields, and noticeable acidity. Everything to creat an outstanding vintage! To be kept for long period of time...
Champagne 2009: A limited output for this vintage.It's the pinot noir's year!
Champagne 2010: A classical vintage.
Champagne 2011: A great vintage!
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