Many people believe that a vintage champagne is always, by definition, a very old champagne. However, ‘vintage’ actually refers to an exceptional champagne produced exclusively with the grapes from a particularly great and favourable growing year. This happens only a handful of times in a decade, when a champagne House or producer decides it has been an outstanding year—so they ‘declare’ it a vintage year.
Vintage champagnes must be made 100% from the declared year. They must be also be aged for at least three years before market release; however, most vintage champagnes are aged for much longer. It is also possible to find ‘vintage’ champagnes that are crafted exclusively from a single harvest, then aged for less than three years; in these cases, the vintage year will not be included on the label.
Vintage champagnes are complex, robust and full-bodied, with intense aromas and deep flavours that will elevate all adventurous menus.Looking to treat yourself or gift your family and friends with a thoughtful champagne package? All our champagnes include Sally Hillman’s signature cartography (A4 size) and comprehensive tasting notes. For special gifting, simply select a card, a gift box and your choice of additional accessories, and we’ll take care of the rest.