2002 Champagne – The Vintage of the Decade?

2002 champagne

“2002 was an outstanding vintage, most likely the best of the decade. The finest 2002s are powerful, firmly structured and truly mineral but neither lack freshness nor finesse.” – The Wine Advocate

Widely renowned as one of the greatest champagne vintages of recent years, 2002 more than stands up to past greats such as the 1996 & 1990. Praised by critics across the board, it is a vintage of exceptional diversity, full of gems at every level and so good that it is almost a brand in its own right – a byword for top quality from the most prestigious of regions.

With many Champagne Houses producing best-ever wines that now, with over ten years of age, should be entering their optimum drinking windows, there could not be a better time to snap up a few bottles for the cellar.

“A magnifient vintage for champagne” (JR)

 A year that supplied near-perfect growing conditions, capped by fine dry weather at harvest, the 2002 Champagnes have proven to be hugely ageworthy across the board, with exceptional, opulent fruit held in check by keen acidity.

Considered an unusually concentrated year, the 2002 Champagnes combine power, richness and structure with impeccable balance, with the vintage considered by Antonio Galloni to be, quite simply, “a wonderful year… and certainly a notch or two (at least) above the surrounding 2000, 2001 and 2003 vintages.”

What are the critics’ picks in 2002?

 Scores are impressive across the range in 2002, with critics awarding near-perfect ratings to several luxury cuvees.

Antonio Galloni ranked the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne at the top of the heap, describing it simply as “one of the greatest Champagnes ever made”, whilst the “towering” Dom Perignon and “spectacular” Bollinger V.V. Francaises were equally ripe for praise. In terms of Rose, the Roederer Cristal Rose and Dom Perignon Rose both scored a near-perfect 98 points, with both predicted to have at least 20 more years of age in them.

Champagne critic Richard Juhlin likewise found much to praise, scoring both the Roederer Cristal  Vinotheque and Cristal Rose an impressive 96-98 points, whilst the Bollinger V.V. Francaises and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne and scored almost equally well.

Across the board, the very best of 2002 number among what Galloni describes as “the best champagnes I’ve ever tasted”.

Some potential blockbusters are yet to be released

Given the late release many of the 2002s were subject to – with some, including Krug, still yet to be released – availability remains fair across the board, and prices very likely at their lowest, so there could not be a better time to stock the cellar with a vintage clearly destined for legendary status.

 

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