About Champagne Brut Vintage

About Champagne Brut Vintage
Brut Vintage Champagne is a Champagne produced from grapes solely from one vintage. Each Champagne producer has the right to declare a particular vintage; some vintage such as 2002, considered a classic, was declared by virtually every producer, while 2005, thought to be a lesser vintage, was declared only by some producers.

As a vintage Champagne is limited to the fruit of a single year and not several years, as is the norm, production is limited and the price is more expensive than a non-vintage Champagne (in most cases). Depending on the type of vintage Champagne (a prestige cuvée for example as opposed to a standard vintage offering), aging will vary,anywhere from three years after release to twenty.

It is important to remember that a vintage Champagne is not necessarily better than a non-vintage; rather it is different.

Top Picks for Champagne Brut Vintage

Mod 2008 Rosé Champagne
93 points
Bright amber salmon color. Aromas of roasted nuts, panettone, pressed flowers, and prune with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long honeyed toast, walnuts, and turmeric finish. A muscular and mature champagne with sultry roasted character
Champagne Langlet 2009 Extra-Brut Champagne
92 points
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with apple compote, white cherry, spice cookies, quince paste, hints of petrol, and chalk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long golden apples and young pineapple finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright Champagne that seems to have taken an anti-aging potion; sprightly and youthful despite its age and will continue to shine with more cellar time.
Mod 2008 Réserve Champagne
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fresh baked ciabatta, panettone, roasted walnut, and roasted mushrooms with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length lemon curd on crumpets, chalk, and pineapple sauce finish. A fruits and toast reign supreme in this full-bodied champagne with great minerality.