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Vintage Champagnes

A Vintage Champagne is when 100% of the grapes come from the one Vintage/year.  Every year will produce slightly different yields and quality due to weather which influence the grapes, so some vintages are considered more exceptional than others.  Vintages are almost always declared from a year of particularly good harvest. Vintage Champagne must spend a minimum of three years on its lees whereas some producers will keep their wines for upwards of five to ten years or more.


Although they come from the same areas throughout Champagnes, vintage styles can vary significantly.  Vintage Champagnes, such as those featured above, are made with grapes from a single years harvest and will have that year displayed on the bottle.  Representing less than 5% of all production, they are typically produced only every three to four years and are considered to be highest expression of that Champagne house