Champagne is from a region in France, which is known for its vintage variations, yet Champagne usually tastes the same from year to year. Usually Champagne doesn’t even have a vintage on it.
Why is that?
And what the heck is ‘Brut’?
People generally spend big bucks on Champagne. We know that for Champagne to be considered Champagne it must be from Champagne, France, and the rest is sparkling wine. So, when you are spending a pretty penny on bubbly, then you expect some consistency.
The only way that is possible is to blend vintages. ‘Brut’ means that your Champagne has at least two years’ harvests in that bottle. Then it doesn’t have a vintage so it is classified as NV.
Since France has a unpredictable, cool and rainy climate they have to blend riper wines with ‘greener’ wines to remain consistent.
I Google’d “Champagne” just to check out some of the bottles, and none of the bottles I looked at had a vintage on them.
That doesn’t say they don’t exist. You will just pay a lot of money for it. 80% – 90% of Champagne is NV.