This vintage came as a welcome relief to the Champenois after the previous four vintages, which had been difficult, to say the least. Growing conditions were good throughout the summer, although there was some rain in September causing some rot to develop. The grapes were harvested in the second half of September and during October in predominantly dry weather. This was the first universally declared vintage since 1990 and many excellent Champagnes have been produced. At this stage the Champagnes are similar in character to the 1988s, with the best examples possessing marvellous ageing potential.