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What is Vintage/Non-Vintage Champagne?

 

The vineyards in Epernay, Champagne

Non-vintage Champagne

 

To ensure continuity of flavour, Champagne Houses not only use specific grape varities, but also a blend of up to 40 different wines from different years. This means that if the harvest is particularly poor one year, then the flavour and quality of champagne is maintened from the previous harvests.

 

Non-vintage champagne is entry level champagne but that's not to say that it isn't a spectacular drink. What non-vintage champagne does present is a more affordable, consistent wine.

 

Once blended, the minimum time a non-vintage champagne must age for (in the bottle) is 15 months. The champagne we use for your personalised champagne gifts is aged for a minimum of 3 years which creates a richer taste and is softer on the palate.

 

 

Vintage Champagne

 

In contrast to non-vintage, vintage champagne (also known as millesime) is made from a blend of grapes harvested in a particular year. Only certain years with a high quality harvest can be declared 'Vintage' and this status is determined by the individual Champagne Houses. The year of the vintage will be displayed on the front label of the bottle.

 

The legal minimum age of a vintage champagne must be 3 years before it can be sold to the public. Often Champagne Houses will age their bottles for longer.

 

To learn a little more about champagne head to our article An Introduction to Champagne or visit our Champagne Store for a selection of vintage and non-vintage champagnes.