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Our concept of Nuggets in Champagne offers you a selection of the best vintages of Champagne: our nuggets!
Discover in this category, our favorites and recommendations of Champagnes from winemakers and Champagne Houses.

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How to choose a vintage Champagne

Over 80% of Champagne production is non-millesimé. The amount of reserve wine included in the blend depends on the style of the House. A fresh, cheerful wine like Taittinger may incorporate barely a tenth of reserve wine, while a juice with the richness of a Krug may draw on several vintages, and only half of the recent harvest. Other champagnes are made from a single year's juice, and are not destined to improve over time. This is not to say that they won't if the quality is there, and the bottles are stored away from light at a constant temperature of 10-15°C. After one or two years, however, improvements remain negligible, until eventually the freshness wears off.

Vintage champagne, on the other hand, improves with age, especially if aged for at least three or four years on lees before disgorging. Lovers of aromas of toast, cookie and unique flavors will have to wait a decade or so after the harvest. Vintages are supposed to mark an exceptional year, a principle that not all producers respect, since some offer a vintage almost every year.

The great blenders are seeing increasing demand for prestige cuvées. With the best vintages from the best vineyards, the cellar master strives to assemble the most elegant expression possible. Customers demand the best, and they can afford it, even if the market has changed a great deal since the Russian tsars enjoyed Louis Roederer in lead crystal bottles at the imperial court. While some champagne houses are concentrating their efforts on these cuvées, those that have persisted with vintage champagnes are beginning to see their efforts rewarded.

Champagne is almost always the fruit of a blend of several grape varieties (crus and cuvées are also part of the blend). Only the Blanc de Blancs, very elegant, lively and fresh, with lemony notes, is made exclusively from Chardonnay. Blanc de noirs (black grapes) is rounder, with a nose of cooked apples and spices, for example, and sometimes a deeper, almost golden color, but not rosé. For rosé, turn to champagne rosé, generally blended with a little red wine. In Europe, all still rosés, from Puglia to Provence, are made by skin maceration before pressing. Californians simply blend red and white wine to obtain a soft, pale pink color: a technique that seems to give good, even excellent results. On the other hand, some Champagne grower-manipulators opt for pellicular maceration, even though it is more difficult to control the tannins.

Characteristics of the Champagne appellation

Champagne is the world's best-known sparkling white wine. Its development is attributed to Dom Pérignon in the 17th century. In recent years, rosé champagnes have become increasingly popular, and their consumption has expanded enormously. All the major champagne brands now offer a basic wine called "Brut Sans Année", which reflects the style of the cellar. Vintage wines from different grape varieties and parcels are blended together, and can also complement wines from previous vintages, known as "vins de réserve". You'll also find vintage champagne, a blend of different grape varieties, which may come from parcels classified as Premier or Grand Cru, but only in the year of harvest! On the champagne label, you'll see: blanc de blancs, which simply means that the champagne is made from the white grape variety, the white juice of white grapes. Alternatively, but rarely mentioned, champagne is black, i.e. white juice from black grapes!

Champagne brut sans année, with its beautiful straw-gold and golden reflections, fine champagne bubbles and dense, creamy, persistent mousse. The nose reveals subtle fruity aromas of apples, peaches and apricots, propelled by carbon dioxide, followed by citrus fruit, toast and flowers. On the palate, the champagne is thick and full-bodied, with well-integrated bubbles and fine, lively bubbles. Serve at 8°C. The coolest drink is champagne, which is excellent as an aperitif because it really opens the appetite and is a festive wine. It can be cellared for up to 5 years.

Counts of Champagne Taittinger
Champagne Krug Vintage 2008
Champagne Dom Ruinart 2010 Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs vintage champagne bears witness to its youth, with its brilliant golden and green reflections, and a fine, delicate mousse, as compact and airy as its bubbles. The aromas of these wines are often strongly mineral, reflecting the limestone terroir of the Collines Blanches, a very ready anise with beautiful citrus notes, followed by floral notes. The palate is elegant, delicate and full-bodied, with well-melted bubbles that are not aggressive. It's an elegant wine with a very fine finish and a beautiful minerality. This is a Champagne with great cellaring potential, which can easily be aged for more than 10 years, or even longer in exceptional vintages. White meat, shellfish would be great. Once aged, it pairs perfectly with truffles or caviar, depending on the style of house champagne you choose. Tasted at a maximum temperature of 13°C, these are true haute cuisine wines.

Champagne Roséis tender, delicate and sensual. It has a dazzling pale pink color with golden highlights and elegant, delicate, fine and unctuous bubbles. On the nose, it's a real delicacy, with delicate aromas of red fruits, raspberries, blackcurrants and wild strawberries blending perfectly with citrus aromas for the necessary freshness. On the palate, it's lively and delicate, fat and light, with a perfect blend of bubbles and red fruit aromas and a lingering finish. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif, dessert or champagne after a meal, or even as a night-time companion in an ice bucket by the bed... it should be served chilled at 8°C like a classic brut, and drunk for up to two years.

Vintages 2010 to 2019

2019

9.5/10

19/20

2018

8/10

16/20

2017

5/10

12/20

2016

7/10

14/20

2015

8.5/10

17/20

2014

7/10

14/20

2013

7/10

14/20

2012

9/10

18/20

2011

7.5/10

15/20

2010

6/10

12/20

Vintages 2000 to 2009

2009

8/10

16/20

2008

9.5/10

19/20

2007

7.5/10

15/20

2006

6/10

12/20

2005

7/10

14/20

1990 to 1999 vintages

1999

6.5/10

13/20

1998

7.5/10

15/20

1997

6.5/10

13/20

1996

8.5/10

17/20

1995

7/10

14/20

1999

6.5/10

13/20

1998

7.5/10

15/20

1997

6.5/10

13/20

1996

8.5/10

17/20

1995

7/10

14/20

Vintages 1980 to 1989

1989

8/10

18/20

1988

9.5/10

19/20

1987

3.5/10

7/20

1986

5/10

10/20

1985

7/10

16/20

1984

8/10

18/20

1983

9.5/10

19/20

1982

3.5/10

7/20

1981

5/10

10/20

1980

7/10

16/20

Vintages 1970 to 1979

1979

9.5/10

19/20

1978

9.5/10

19/20

1977

5/10

10/20

1976

8/10

16/20

1975

8/10

18/20

1974

4.5/10

9/20

1973

7.5/10

15/20

1972

5/10

10/20

1971

8/10

16/20

1970

8.5/10

17/20

Vintages 1960 to 1969

1969

8/10

16/20

1968

3.5/10

7/20

1967

4/10

8/20

1966

7/10

14/20

1965

4.5/10

9/20

1964

7.5/10

15/20

1963

4/10

8/20

1962

8.5/10

17/20

1961

6.5/10

13/20

1960

6/10

12/20

Vintages 1950 to 1959

1959

8.5/10

17/20

1958

5/10

10/20

1957

4/10

8/20

1956

3.5/10

7/20

1955

8.5/10

17/20

1954

6.5/10

13/20

1953

8/10

16/20

1952

7/10

14/20

1951

2.5/10

5/20

1950

6/10

12/20

Vintages 1940 to 1949

1949

7/10

14/20

1948

5.5/10

11/20

1947

8.5/10

17/20

1946

5/10

10/20

1945

10/10

20/20

1944

4.5/10

9/20

1943

8.5/10

16/20

1942

6.5/10

13/20

1941

5.5/10

11/20

1940

4/10

8/20

Vintages 1930 to 1939

1949

3/10

6/20

1948

4.5/10

9/20

1947

8.5/10

17/20

1946

3.5/10

7/20

1945

5/10

10/20

1944

7/10

14/20

1943

6.5/10

12/20

1942

4/10

8/20

1941

2.5/10

5/20

1940

3/10

6/20

Average trends over the last 6 vintages for Champagne appellations

2013

3.5/5

Very good vintage

2012

3/5

Great vintage

2011

4.5/5

A great vintage

2010

5/5

Medium vintage

2019

4/5

Great vintage

2008

5/5

Excellent vintage

Champagne hillsides

2013

3/5

Good vintage

2012

3/5

Great vintage

2011

4.3/5

Great vintage

2010

5/5

Medium vintage

2009

4/5

Great vintage

2008

5/5

Excellent vintage

Coteaux de Coiffy

2013

3/5

Good vintage

2012

3/5

Great vintage

2011

4.3/5

Great vintage

2010

5/5

Medium vintage