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

Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Brut Champagne
90 points
$92.90
Light old gold color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, walnuts in toffee, apricot chutney, and pressed flowers with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of parker dinner rolls and butter with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold and commanding Champagne with mature, nutty character.
90 points $92.90
Kirkland Signature NV Brut Champagne
89 points
$19
Light gold color. Aromas of freshly peeled lemons and oranges, pineapple, coconut cream, sultanas, candied nuts, toasted brioche, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long apricot chutney, caramel on shortbread, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, fuller-bodied Champagne packed with spot-on flavors.
Jacques Bardelot NV  Champagne
88 points
$29
Light old gold color. Aromas of white cherry, lemon peel, red apple, almond skin, toast, peaches and cream, and pink lady apples with a supple, lively, bubbly, dryish medium body and an effortless, long cherry pit, almond paste, fresh croissant, and lime zest finish with no oak flavor. A toast-ready, charming Champagne that is also very food friendly.