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THE SOMMELIER’S SECRETS

Posted by: G Talk December 28, 2015
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CHAMPAGNE

France’s Champagne region harvests grapes every year. So why don’t houses like Moet Hennessy, Taittinger and Roederer produce a new vintage annually? Just in time for toasting 2016, we asked our wine specialist to explain…

Champagne is one of the few regions where blending across vintages is actually the norm. Non-vintage sparkling wine account for about 7 of every 10 bottles produced. Why? The climate in this region of France is less consistent and often cooler. The eye-watering acidity of a chillier vintage then gets balanced by grapes of a riper year, and ensures the consistent taste we seek to sip as one year fades into the next. Did you know that these legendary producers only declare the vintage in years they deem worthy of a single-year bottling?

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