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 Trouillard NV Comte Decrion Brut Champagne
93 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam on toast, lemon marmalade, and praline with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish that shows accents of creme brulee and spiced citrus salad. A nutty, juicy, vanilla-kissed Champagne that is sure to please.
Champagne Georges Cartier NV Brut Tradition Champagne
90 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, brioche, cashew, and wet stone with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish with nuances of orange custard and apple with no oak flavor. A vibrant mouthwatering, fruit-driven Champagne perfect for any occasion.
Champagne Trouillard NV Extra Selection Champagne
89 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of toasty buttered brioche, apple tartin, and praline with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long lemon custard, orange custard, and tartin finish. A toasty, appetizing Champagne with that will be great with appetizers or elevated mimosas.
Kirkland Signature NV Brut Champagne
89 points
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
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.
Champagne Lallier NV R.018 Champagne
86 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd on brioche, spiced stone fruit pastry, rising dough, and magnolia with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, buoyant finish manifesting accents of apple infused water and minerals with no oak flavor. A dainty and appetizing Champagne with effortless drinkability.