A decade in Champagne


Grape Blossom

Grape Blossom

A mild winter saw early flowering, followed by the cloudiest summer on record.  Producers faced uneven ripeness and rot, which contributed to a mixed picture of quality.

In general, Chardonnay was less affected, while producers who held their nerve to pick later were rewarded with more mature grapes. Those with the right sites and timing may yet decide to release a vintage.

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