Vintage Champagne

Vintage champagne is made from grapes harvested in a specific exceptional year, showcasing the unique qualities of that vintage. It offers a distinct and evolving flavor, often gaining complexity with age, making it a prized choice for those seeking a one-of-a-kind champagne experience.
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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
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    • Falstaff
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    Champagne Henriot Brut Millesime 2012
    • Variety Pinot/Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2012
    • Brand Champagne Henriot
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Champagne Henriot Brut Millesime 2012
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    • Mark Faber
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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..."
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    • Falstaff Magazi
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    Delamotte Blanc De Blancs Champagne 2014
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2014
    • Brand Delamotte
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Delamotte Blanc De Blancs Champagne 2014
    "With a history of more than 250 years, Delamotte is the 5th oldest champagne ..."
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    • James Suckling
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    Dom Perignon Champagne 2013
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2013
    • Brand Dom Pérignon
    • Cellaring 10-15 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.5% Alcohol
    Dom Perignon Champagne 2013
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    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2012
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2012
    • Brand Laurent Perrier
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.4% Alcohol
    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2012
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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
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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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    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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    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2017
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2017
    • Brand Agrapart
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2017
    "Disgorged June 2023. Minéral is blended from two adjacent vieilles vignes plo..."
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      93 points
    Ayala Le Blanc De Blancs 2012
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2012
    • Brand Ayala
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Ayala Le Blanc De Blancs 2012
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    Ayala Le Blanc De Blancs 2014
    • Variety Chardonnay
    • Vintage 2014
    • Brand Ayala
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Ayala Le Blanc De Blancs 2014
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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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