The 1982 vintage for Champagne was one of the best of the decade.
The growing season enjoyed mostly fine weather throughout the year bar some humidity in June and July that caused some outbreaks of mildew to develop. However, both August and September saw the return of hot, dry conditions and, when the rains fell just before the harvest, they were generally very well received. The grapes were able to be picked just as they reached phenolic ripeness and the resulting yields were hugely generous.
The resulting wines were, despite the huge harvest, of extremely good quality with excellent concentration and fruit flavours. Many had the depth, acidity and sophistication to cellar for many years.
Overall, the 1982 Champagne vintage was exceptionally good and, although the vast majority of wines are likely to be past their best, the very best examples may still be drinking well now, although, these are likely to be few and far between.