The 2002 Champagne vintage ‘may turn out to be one of the really great vintages of the past 30 years…splendid maturity at 10.7º average natural alcohol (a full degree above normal levels), but with good acidity and a perfect sanitary state in the vineyards. The Pinot Noirs are quite exceptional, powerful, gras, and of superb texture,’ says Michael Edwards (World of Fine Wine 22).
2002 is ‘the classic vintage of the immediate future,’ says Tom Stevenson (World of Fine Wine 22). 2002 is ‘very definitely a Pinot Noir year’, with Aÿ especially successful says Tom Stevenson (in Wine Report 2008 p34).
Michael Edwards, ‘Vintage Champagne-A year to remember?, World of Fine Wine 22 2008 p178-86.
Tom Stevenson, Wine Report 2008 ed.Tom Stevenson (Dorling Kindersley, 2007), p34.