Non-Vintage Champagne Reviewing – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have been wanting to improve on the way I give points to a non-vintage Champagne.  I want to make sure my reference point is in line with the time tasted.  It is important to give this in the review (as listed below).  Because a non-vintage Champagne can vary despite what some may say as a consistent wine over time.  Any Champagne can and does have changes with wine makers and hence that change can be a re-engineering of the cuvee at hand and ultimately be a noticeable difference.

Since Champagne producers don’t list date of release how else can anyone reference what is being tasted today.  It doesn’t solve all of the difficulties of understanding review points to latest release of a non-vintage but at least it is a start.


Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée – NV – 9.1 (Reviewed: October 2011) James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy




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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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