A challenging vintage for Champagne in the face of an unprecedented heat wave during the summer months, yet certain quality-minded producers managed to craft some very good Champagnes. Top of the tree stands Bollinger2003.
The frosty conditions early in the season led to the demise of half of the crop, so the Champagne production from 2003 was severely restricted. The heat wave later in the summer led to the earliest harvest ever experienced in the region that began as early as the last week of August. As a result, grapes enjoy exceptional ripeness and fruitiness but low acidity.