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

G.H. Mumm NV Grand Cordon Brut Champagne
95 points
This is a wonderful everyday Champagne that balances acid with dosage and mild autolysis with citrus fruits, orchard fruits, bramble berries and delicate floral notes.
Perrier-Jouët NV Grand Brut Champagne
95 points
A beautiful Champagne blend leaning into the red berry flavors that will make this a delicious aperitif as well as an easy companion for a wide range of dinner courses.
Champagne Lallier NV Ouvrage Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
94 points
Ripe orchard fruit, particularly pear, with pronounced rich notes of freshly baked bread and cheese; an excellent Champagne that has seen extended lees contact and epitomizes the taste of luxury.
Champagne Lallier NV Réflexion R.019 Champagne
93 points
Ripe and tart orchard fruits with refreshing citrus to balance the autolytic characteristics, plush mousse and and luxuriously long finish.
Vve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
93 points
Best Buy
A very nice non-vintage Champagne with rich nutty character accented by sweet floral nuance.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Champagne Trouillard NV Comte Decrion Brut Champagne
93 points
A nutty, juicy, vanilla-kissed Champagne that is sure to please.
Awards: 2022 Best Champagne Brut NV
Champagne Georges Cartier NV Brut Tradition Champagne
90 points
A vibrant mouthwatering, fruit-driven Champagne perfect for any occasion.
Champagne Trouillard NV Extra Selection Champagne
89 points
A toasty, appetizing Champagne with that will be great with appetizers or elevated mimosas.
Champagne Lallier NV R.018 Champagne
86 points
A dainty and appetizing Champagne with effortless drinkability.