Ratings of Non-Vintage Champagne: A Bit of Confusion? – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Rating non-vintage Champagne is not necessarily hard to do but it is hard to identify what was tasted.  You can look at a non-vintage Champagne bottle and not know when it was released.

Sure there is a blending procedure that does insure consistency over time but might that change over time?  There are directional changes by the wine maker that could alter what that non-vintage Champagne wine might taste like.  A non-vintage in the course of a generation—say 14 years—it is likely there has been a change in blending of reserve wines—more Pinot Meunier less Pinot Noir, etc.  And even a reserve wine may have the advantage of time but it doesn’t mean that there is not a nuance to make a resultant change in the non-vintage Champagne.

I advocate that each non-vintage bottle be dated with a release date.  And that is simply an easier way to pair what a consumer might be tasting when compared to a review that was written about that wine at hand.

I look at my review on non-vintage Champagnes and that may refer to a slightly different wine that what a retailer, restaurant or person might be serving or selling.  A release date with a full date of release versus just year would help to distinguish between vintage and a release date—and ultimately the ratings could pair on an exacting measure.

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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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