Did you know that the name “Vintage” as used in Vintage Champagnes does not mean old?
The term vintage champagne is not used to express the age or year of the wine, but to express that 100% of the grapes used are harvest in that particular vintage year.
Interesting, isn’t it?
So, what is the difference between Vintage and Non-Vintage champagnes?
As expressed above, 100% of the grapes used in a vintage wine must come from the harvest of that particular year. For example a 1935 labelled vintage wine has 100% of the grapes used grown and harvested in the year 1935. This is very remarkable because it is generally believe that the taste of grapes grown in one year in the same year would differ from those grown in another year due variation in weather and season timing.
They are usually produced about three years in a decade because for a wine to be vintage it must spend minimum of 3 years in aging.
A Champagne is referred to as Non-vintage if it is made from blending grapes from different years of harvests. Non-vintage wines usually spend lesser time of aging; typically 15 – 18 months.