Non-vintage Champagnes represent more than 90% of all Champagne sold and are blends of wines from more than one vintage. They are blended with the house style in mind and are aged a minimum of 15 months by law. Non-vintage Champagnes tend to be crisp and refreshing with light, fruit-driven aromas. They make excellent aperitifs and pair well with many different foods.
Vintage Champagnes are made from fruit harvested in a single year (100% from that vintage). These wines are produced to exemplify the character of one single exceptional vintage. For the most part, vintage Champagnes are made only with grapes from Premiers and Grands Crus vineyards. The legal minimum amount of aging time for vintage Champagne is three years from the time of harvest, but many houses age their wines much longer.
Fun fact: Even in a vintage year, the house has to hold back 20% of the harvest for use as reserve wines. It's the law!
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