- Andre Jaquart
- Ao Yun
- Barons de Rothschild
- Bruno Paillard
- Cedric Bouchard
- Charles Heidsieck
- Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
- Cos d'Estournel
- Dhondt Grellet
- Dom Perignon
- Dom Ruinart
- Domaines Ott
- Eric Rodez
- Fleur De Miraval
- Hambledon Vineyard
- Henri Giraud
- Jacques Selosse
- La Rioja Alta
- Leclerc Briant
- Louis Jadot
- Louis Roederer
- Marchesi Antinori
- Moet & Chandon
- Nicolas Maillart
- Palmer & Co
- Pierre Gimonnet et Fils
- Pol Roger
- Ulysse Collin
- Veuve Clicquot
- Wiston Estate
- Yann Alexandre
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Non-Vintage vs Vintage Collection
This is an opportunity to taste ten champagnes, five non-vintage and five vintage champagnes. Taste one NV and one vintage from each of the chosen five houses at your house or at a location of your choosing with an option to be tutored through the tasting. Nick our founder presents most of these tastings.
Non-vintage is the most traditional of all Champagne styles. A blend of multiple varieties, vintages and reserve wines, the idea is to assemble a consistent wine every year. Minimum ageing for non-vintage Champagnes is 15 months, although in reality most are cellared for 2-3 years.
Vintage Champagnes are made using wine from a single year, or vintage. Not all growing years are declared vintages and not all houses make the same vintage. Aged for a minimum of 3 years prior to release - although this is realistically somewhere between 4 and 10 years - different vintages have significantly different characteristics and are accordingly sought after.
The collection is a complex range of five prestigious brands that each offer a different insight and experience of the different style of the house.
Included in the collection:
Bollinger Special Cuvée NV 75cl: Bollinger allow their non-vintage to mature for three years, which is twice as long as required, as they believe that great champagne needs time to develop its full character. A golden colour with a beautifully fine mousse. The nose is aromatic and complex with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. On the palate, rich apple and peach notes burst through. Hints of brioche and fresh walnut linger on the lasting finish to enhance this powerful Special Cuvée.
Bollinger La Grande Année 2012 75cl:In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status, because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. Initial scents of almonds and fleshy fruits such as mango combine with citrus notes and grapefruit. On the palate, the citrus notes continue and lead the way for honeyed flavours and a long lasting refreshing finish.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV 75cl: To achieve the depth and complexity of the House style, Charles Heidsieck then age their non-vintage for a further three years after disgorgement, again much longer than the legal requirement of just fifteen months. Pale gold with fine and persistent bubbles, this has wonderfully complex aromas of ripe apricot and almond. On the palate it's extremely creamy, rich and fresh and also surprisingly nutty - likely a consequence of the age and high percentage of reserve wines. This is without doubt one of the best non-vintages around.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2012 75cl:After many years ageing in the unique and ancient Crayères acquired by its founder Charles Heidsieck, Brut Millésime reveals itself as a champagne poised between elegance and complexity, with a smooth texture and great length on the palate. An abundance of floral and fruity aromas. The palate has white peach, fresh apricot and a balanced saline character. A silky texture and mouthfeel with a gentle creaminess throughout.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV 75cl: A culmination of wine from eight different harvests. Fine bubbles and a nose of fresh fruit and hawthorn. The inclusion of reserve wines gives it the complexity and roundness characteristic of Louis Roederer champagnes. Smooth, complex palate mingling flavours of apple and pear with blackberries, raspberries and cherries. This is a structured and elegantly mature wine, lively on the mouth with a smooth palate.
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2013 75cl: Fascinated by the aromatic diversity of Pinot Noir in Champagne, Louis Roederer use the structure and power of the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims to create their Brut Vintage blend. It is the Pinot Noirs from the Grand Cru rated village of Verzenay in particular that give this champagnes its velvety, creamy and elegant palate.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV 75cl: A blend of all three grape varieties from thirty still base wines. On the nose, the champagne is dominated by green apple and brioche. On the palate there is a certain nuttiness and a hint of honey supporting the freshness of the acidity. UK stock receives an additional 6 months post-disgorgement aging so it is ready to drink upon release but cellaring for a few years will reveal greater depths. Brut Réserve is the perfect apéritif champagne, never released until at least three years old.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2013 75cl:Pol Roger Brut Vintage is produced in limited quantities using the traditional House blend from twenty Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Second fermentation takes place in the coolest Pol Roger cellars, thirty-three metres below ground level at temperatures of just 9°C, some 2-3°C cooler than the cellars of other producers.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV 75cl: Produced each year from 95% first pressing of the grape. Renowned for its golden colour with a consistent and fine lingering mousse. The nose is light and delicate with hints of peach and brioche. On the palate it has considerable depth, yet is quite light in style with a subtle elegance and a long fresh finish. A great non-vintage brut.
Taittinger Brut Vintage 2013 75cl: Taittinger produce a vintage champagne only when the harvest has been of exceptional quality. Their Brut Vintage is always a blend of juice exclusively from the first pressing of the grapes and is aged for four years in the cellars, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop. It consists of Chardonnay from Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs and Pinot Noir from Grand Crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne.