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Vintage Champagne and vintage sparkling wines contain grapes from a single vintage only, as opposed to a blend of grapes from various vintages. Vintage Champagnes and sparkling wines aren't made every year.
Vintage Champagne: A champagne made from grapes from a single harvest versus a blend (Cuvee) from several harvest years. The year of the vintage can be found on the label.
The grapes for vintage Champagne that show a year on the label were harvested from one year only, while non-vintage Champagne are grapes and wines blended from many years.
The wines in a vintage Champagne come only from the year designated on the label. Vintage Champagnes are only made in top years. Prestige are each firm's top-of-the-line wine.
What is the difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne?
The major difference is that vintage champagne is made from the grapes of only one year's harvest, whereas non-vintage champagne is a blend of many different years' wines.
Nonvintage Champagne should be served a little warmer, from 43 to 48 degrees, and superpremium Champagnes from 46 to 51 degrees. Do not chill your bubbly in the freezer because it tends to lose its effervescence.
To get you started, I blind-tasted three non-vintage Champagnes that are found nearly everywhere. I didn't love all three, but that doesn't mean you won't - again, everyone is different.
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This blending practice is utilized to try to get a very consistent style of wine from year to year. In exceptional years, a vintage Champagne or vintage Port will debut due to ideal growing conditions and you can expect that these particular vintage ...
If you are going to splash out on Caviar you may as well go the whole hog and serve it with Champagne, or better still a vintage Champagne.
The event is conducted by the SAQ; Quebec's provincial wine and spirits monopoly. I was delighted with many of the wonderful tastings, but one stood out as a real surprise. Among the tastings of classified Bordeaux, and Vintage Champagne, ...
The vast majority of the Champagne produced each year is designated non vintage (that is, the blend may contain wines from several different vintages). The wines in a vintage Champagne come only from the year designated on the label.
See also: Champagne, Vintage, Region, White, Pinot