Non-vintage Champagne Brut
A great classic on no account to be missed
A Champagne for all occasions
A multi-faceted Champagne
Non-Vintage Champagne Brut is to Champagne what the little black dress or white blouse is to a wardrobe: a great, absolutely essential classic. The item that goes with you everywhere, that goes with everything. But bear in mind, it’s by no means an unsophisticated choice! As a blended wine, there’s an infinite field of possibilities. Non-Vintage Champagne Brut can also be a monovarietal wine, in which only one type of vine is used in its production. The winemaker’s choice in terms of grape varieties and maturation time will ensure that each wine is absolutely unique.
Each grape variety brings its own note, its own touch. As regards chardonnay, we’d be looking for liveliness, minerality and notes of citrus fruits and white flowers. With pinot noir, it would be body, structure, red fruits and such flowers as violets and roses. As for meunier, it provides fruity notes, roundness, and notes of apples, pears and yellow fruits. Wines made from white grape varieties will bring freshness, while those made from black grape varieties will bring roundness, an unctuous, indulgent side for meunier, and body and power for pinot noir. The magic of blending lies in the combination of different aromas which sometimes bring out new, wholly unexpected notes: spices, truffle, light tobacco, etc.
Grape varieties aren’t all there is to it, though. The aromas that each of them confers on the wine are complemented by those provided by vinification. The winemaker can add reserve wines (i.e. wines from previous years) to the current year’s wine. They’ll provide more developed, more structured and rounder aromas and flavours. Some vintages contain up to 50% reserve wines. They make the notes conferred by youth more complex, adding freshness and liveliness.
The length of the maturation time also significantly influences the aromas to be found in it. In the early stages of maturity, from 3 to 10 years, notes of brioche, viennoiserie, ripe, stewed and crystallised fruits (figs and dates), dried flowers, dried fruit and nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and raisins), light tobacco, wax, honey and milk caramel will make their appearance, sometimes with vanilla and liquorice notes (characteristic of wines matured in wooden containers). Older wines, known as “vins de plénitude” (10 or more years old) evolve over time, providing notes ranging from fruit pastes (quince in particular) to gingerbread, and aromas that may include undergrowth and grilled or torrefied notes (toast, rusks, mocha, coffee and cocoa).
The term "Brut" refers to the dosage, i.e. the addition of a slightly sweet touch (the dosage liqueur) at the end of the vinification process. A Brut Champagne contains less than 12 grams of sugar per litre. Over 90% of Champagne wines result from the "Brut" dosage.
All these variables in their composition are also a way of ensuring that the style and character of a Champagne House or Winemaker wines endure.
Various families of aromas come across: fruity (fresh, dried, etc.), floral, spicy, etc.
Citrus, red or yellow fruits, whether fresh or candied, may come to the fore.
This encompasses notes of white flowers, lime blossom, rose and violet for example.
This profile includes notes of vanilla, pepper and cinnamon.
The brioche notes refer to the aromas and flavours of baked pastries (tarts, sweet buns, butter).
This is a crowd-pleasing wine, straightforward to understand and pair.
The acidity is well integrated and pleasant, giving a sensation of freshness.
A wine is balanced when its acidity, sweetness and body are all in harmony.
Each element (aromas, acidity, body) is easy to identify and balanced.
The intense aromas and flavours appeal to the senses and feel deliciously tempting.
An explosive pairing: Vegetable tempura
Vegetarian cuisine doesn’t mean boring, above all when the vegetables concerned are cooked tempura-style and accompanied by Champagne.
For what sort of occasions?
This wine will turn any aperitif among friends into a great occasion
This consensual wine is always a safe bet. The perfect partner when it comes to meals at major get-togethers: baptisms, weddings, etc.
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