Vintage or non-vintage Champagne?

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Vintage or non-vintage Champagne?

What is the difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne? Our expert answers your question.

Published on October 20, 2020

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“What is the difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne?”

Our expert replies

The term “vintage” refers to the year the grapes used to make the wine were harvested. Most Champagnes are not considered vintage because they are a blend of harvests from different years and have a style that is unique to a particular brand. Vintage Champagnes are made from grapes from one single year, grown and harvested in ideal meteorological conditions. AAll Champagnes must sit on the lees for at least 15 months. For vintage Champagnes, this resting period is increased to three years and for Premium vintages it’s even longer. Your in-store advisor will be able to guide you and recommend a bottle — and year — worth tasting!


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