Non-Vintage (NV)

Non-Vintage [pronunciation: non vin-tuhj]

A term used to refer to wines blended from multiple years. Non-vintage sparklers can be made at many different levels of quality: a non-vintage Brut is generally a producer’s basic, entry-level wine, but many producers, especially grower-estates, have an upper-level non-vintage wine that is made from a stricter selection and is generally of higher quality than their basic non-vintage offering.

Relatedly, some producers even make prestige cuvées blended from multiple years, such as Laurent Perrier’s Grand Siècle or Alfred Gratien’s Cuvée Paradis, and these should not be confused with those houses’ entry-level, non-vintage bottlings.

See also: Vintage Champagne
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