Ratings of Non-Vintage Champagne: A Bit of Confusion? – James Melendez

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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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 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, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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