Champagne Vintage Chart

2003 86 D
2002 94 D/H
2001 86 D
2000 88 D
1999 89 D/H
1998 90 D/H
1997 89 D
1996 97 D/H
1995 93 D
1993 88 D
1992 90 D
1991 89 D
1990 94 D
1989 93 D
1988 94 D
1986 88 D
1985 88 D
1978 91 D

Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific knowledge about a bottle or producer.  The better wines from a vintage will generally have longer lives and cellar better.  The ratings are as follows:


95-100 Spectacular.  Most producers made very good wines at all levels
90-94   Excellent.  The best wines should be great.  Consistency throughout the vintage.
85-89  Very Good.  The best producers made top wines.  Inconsistent thru the lower levels.
80-86  Good.  Many producers made good wines with some inconsistency at the bottom.
75-79  Middling.  Choose your producers carefully. Only the best may have made a top wine. 
70-74  Below Average.  Tough vintage to make good wines.
Under 70  A Poor vintage.  Spend your money very carefully. 

D/H=Drink or Hold

Loren Sonkin is an Featured Contributor and the Founder/Winemaker at Sonkin Cellars.

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.