Vintage Champagne

Vintage doesn't just mean that the champagne is old! It also means it's made from grapes grown in one single year. Non-vintage, on the other hand (and this may sound like something you didn’t expect), can be a blend of more than one harvest - so if your bottle has an indication such as "5 vintage" whatever signifies exactly what part of its history are we talking about here?
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    • Gilbert and Gai
      91 points
    • Alistair Cooper
      93 points
    Champagne Jacquinot 'Harmonie Millesime' 2009
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2009
    • Brand Jacquinot and Fils
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Champagne Jacquinot 'Harmonie Millesime' 2009
    "Pierre Jacquinot and his 2 sons Jacques and Jean-Guy have created "Champagne ..."
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    • Mark Faber
      95 points
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      90 points
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    Champagne Pannier Vintage 2015
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2015
    • Brand Champagne Pannier
    • Cellaring 1-3 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Champagne Pannier Vintage 2015
    "Established in 1899, Champagne Pannier is a well-established high-quality pro..."
    $88.99
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    • The Wine Advoca
      94 points
    • Roger Voss
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      93 points
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    Gosset 'Celebris' Vintage 2008 Rose Champagne
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2008
    • Brand Gosset
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Gosset 'Celebris' Vintage 2008 Rose Champagne
    "The 2008 vintage in Champagne is being hailed by all and sundry as one of the..."
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    • Decanter
      96 points
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      95 points
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      91 points
    • Vinous
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    Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
    • Variety Pinot/Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2008
    • Brand Champagne Henriot
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
    "Fresh as a daisy and light as a feather, this blend of Premier and Grand Crus..."
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    • The Wine Advoca
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    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut 2006
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2006
    • Brand Agrapart
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut 2006
    "One of the highlights in this set of new releases, the 2006 Extra Brut Blanc ..."
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    • Antonio Galloni
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    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2012
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2012
    • Brand Agrapart
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2012
    "Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plots (50+ years old) of..."
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    • Antonio Galloni
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    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2015
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2015
    • Brand Agrapart
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2015
    "Disgorged July 2021. Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plo..."
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    • Tyson Stelzer
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    Billecart Salmon 'Extra Brut' 2008
    • Variety Pinot/Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2008
    • Brand Billecart Salmon
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.5% Alcohol
    Billecart Salmon 'Extra Brut' 2008
    "Extra Brut Vintage was conceived in 2004, a good vintage but without the stru..."
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    • James Suckling
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    Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006
    • Variety Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2006
    • Brand Billecart Salmon
    • Cellaring Drink Now
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol
    Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006
    "This cuvée Blanc de Noirs vinified in oak casks allows the richness of the te..."
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    • Wine Enthusiast
      96 points
    • Vinous
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    Bollinger La Grande Annee 2004 Flutes Gfit Pack
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2004
    • Brand Bollinger
    • Cellaring None
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Bollinger La Grande Annee 2004 Flutes Gfit Pack
    "Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vinta..."
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    • James Suckling
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    Bollinger R.D. 2002 Gift Box
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2002
    • Brand Bollinger
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Bollinger R.D. 2002 Gift Box
    "Bollinger R.D. will enhance all gourmet cuisine but its aura is such that it ..."
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Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne is a type of Champagne that is made from grapes harvested in a single year, also known as a "vintage" year. The grapes must be grown in the Champagne region of France and must meet strict quality standards set by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC). Vintage Champagne is considered to be the highest quality type of Champagne and is aged for a longer period of time than non-vintage Champagne before being released for sale.

The aging process allows the wine to develop its unique character, and the taste can vary depending on the vintage. Vintage Champagne is usually made from a blend of different grape varieties, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier being the most commonly used. Vintage Champagne is typically more expensive than non-vintage Champagne because of the extra care and attention required to produce it. The wine is usually aged for a minimum of three years in the bottle before being released for sale. The bottle will display the vintage year on the label, and it is usually considered to be more elegant and refined than non-vintage Champagne. Some producers will hold on to the wine for a decade or more before releasing it for sale. This allows the wine to develop its unique character and complexity.

The vintage year must be declared by the producer only in years when the grapes meet a certain standard of quality. This means that not every year will be a vintage year and only a small percentage of wines produced in Champagne will be considered vintage.

The taste can vary depending on the vintage year, the grape varieties used, and the winemaking methods. Some vintage Champagnes can have a more complex flavor profile with notes of brioche, toast, and nuts, while others can be more fruity with a hint of minerality.

Typically paired with more sophisticated and refined dishes such as caviar, truffles, and foie gras. The flavors of the wine and the food complement each other, and the bubbles in the wine help to cleanse the palate between bites.

Vintage Champagne can be collected and aged by wine enthusiasts, and some vintages can become highly sought after and valuable. The wine can change and develop over time, making it an interesting and rewarding experience to collect and taste different vintages.

Vintage Champagne should be stored in a cool, dark place, ideally at a temperature of around 7-10 degrees Celsius (45-50 degrees Fahrenheit).

Overall, vintage Champagne is considered to be a luxury product and it is usually more expensive than non-vintage Champagne. It is a wine that is meant to be savored and appreciated, and it is often consumed on special occasions.

 

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