1998 Champagne

Learn more about 1998 Champagne

1998 in Champagne, like, say, 2004 in Spain, is a vintage that has continued to grow in reputation with the passage of time. For some its putative progress has been the reverse of that of vintage 1996, so lauded in the early days and now causing a little concern as some of the wines appear to lack inherent balance, some still with searing acidity and yet others oxidising quickly………..not all I hasten to add.

Anyway, 1998 is the vintage for which one takes out and polishes either the cliché helter-skelter or the cliché roller-coaster. Both are equally apt to describe this extraordinary year; a sunny winter, then a very rainy April, then an early summer which alternated between extremes of temperature ( there was even frost late in May) and then a heat wave in August to threaten yields. Rainstorms in early September and sunshine at harvest time complete the picture. Empiricism and patience have been the only way to judge, although the matching high levels of both sugar and acidity from the outset were good omens. Now the wines seem to get better and better. Outstanding examples were made by Billecart Salmon, Mailly and Dom Ruinart.

Simon Field MW, BBR Champagne Buyer

Filter Results
Filter By
search.nav.facetShowMore_storedStatus
Showing 1-5 out of 5 items
Prices:

Please Note:

Wines sold "In Bond" (including BBX) or EnPrimeur are not available for immediate delivery & Storage charges apply.

Duty and VAT must be paid separately before delivery can take place.

Hide All Tasting Notes
, Ready, but will keep
Ready, but will keep,
En Primeur

Magnum 3 x 150cl1cs

£1,158.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs

£1,100.00

Magnum 1 x 150cl1cs

£500.00
See All Listings
, Ready, but will keep
Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 1 x 75cl2cs

£1,400.00
See All Listings
, Drink now
Drink now,

Magnum 1 x 150cl1cs

£368.00
See All Listings
, Ready, but will improve
Ready, but will improve,
New To BBX

Bottle 3 x 75cl2cs

£750.00
See All Listings
, Drink now
Drink now,

Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs

£490.00
See All Listings
Showing 1-5 out of 5 items