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
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
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.