About Champagne Brut NV

About Champagne Brut NV
Non-Vintage Brut is the most important category of Champagne. The vast bulk of Champagne is Non-Vintage and the healthy sales of this category are what keeps the Euros flowing in the region. A typical Non-Vintage cuvée will be composed of wine from two of the most recent vintages blended together, with a very small amount of older vintages. The demanding task of a champagne blender is to keep a typical house style by blending many different batches of wine. Quality does vary, at least from year to year if not batch to batch. A succession of good vintages will result in great Non-Vintage champagne with inverse consequences for a run of lesser years.

At the bottling stage Champagne is nearly always sweetened by the addition of a small sweetened dose of wine, called the dosage. The vast bulk of Champagne (including all Vintage releases) is of the "Brut" level of dryness: Dry to the palate though very lightly sweetened. The exact level of dryness of a brut style will vary from producer to producer, but is generally between 0 and 1.2% residual sugar.

Top Picks for Champagne Brut NV

Champagne Devaux NV Grande Reserve Champagne
94 points
$43
Light gold color. Aromas of french canelé pastry, brioche with apricot preserve, gunsmoke, and butter-poached apple with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long yuzu marmalade, salted parker dinner rolls, and dried pineapple finish. A NV champagne that will stand the test of time; smoky, svelte, and stimulating.
Alfred Tritant NV Mes Racines Grand Cru Brut Champagne Champagne
93 points
$58
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of honeyed brioche, dried mango, chamomile, lemon curd, buttercream, limestone, and toast with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried apricot and toasted almonds finish. A bright, fruity, lengthy Champagne that’s an elegant and complex choice for fine celebrations.
Mod NV Réserve Champagne
93 points
$300
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of parker dinner rolls, salted butter, pie crusts, cantaloupe, and parmesan with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish displaying accents of honeysuckle, hazelnut, apricot preserves, meyer lemon, and acacia blossoms. A rich and muscular Champagne with a transformative finish.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée D Champagne
93 points
$62
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, smoked apricot preserves on greek yogurt, honey, musk, and pressed wildflowers with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of spritz of lemon, pickled ginger, quartz, key lime pith, and pineapple on Hawaiian rolls with a suggestion of oak flavor. A super bright, slightly smoky Champagne with thick, sensuous aromas.
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of forelle pear, brioche with strawberry jam, lily, kiwi relish, aniseed, sage, and coriander with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, long fresh cut grass, turkish delight, smoked almond, and pressed flowers finish with light oak flavor. A crisp and juicy Champagne with layers and layers of bright, memorable flavors.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Gyejacquot Fréres NV Prestige Vintage Brut Champagne
92 points
$52
Golden yellow color. Aromas of brioche, smoked cheddar, bruised pear, lemon zest, and croissant with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long butter cream, cinnamon dusted apples, black licorice, and Seville oranges finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A muscular champagne with mouthfilling notes of cream pastry.