"Champagne is as far north as you can get in France and still produce wine, and that's because of the climate. The climate dictates the quality of the growing season. You want even growing seasons to produce nice, even ripening. You don't want extremes of weather, you don't want frost, you don't want hail, you don't want huge swings in temperature. You hope and pray that it doesn't rain at the wrong time. You're also praying for the right amount of sunshine up until harvest. It's these challenges that make for such an impressive product."