Business and Management

All You Need To Know About Champagne Investment

Vintage Champagne is a smart investment. There is limited production and so supply. However, vintage Champagne has a strong consumer market. It is available in bars, restaurants, hotels, and private members' clubs all over the globe.
 
Private collectors and cellars buy the remainder within a few years for making a good Champagne investment and they can then resell it or pay less for it in the future.
 
Champagne styles and production
Non-vintage champagnes are created by blending grapes of different vintages to create a consistent house style. These Champagnes undergo the first fermentation before being transferred to bottles. They then rest on the lees (the by-product of fermentation) for at least 15 months. However, most top estates leave the lees on for longer which adds complexity and flavor.
 
Vintage Champagnes are made from one vintage/harvest and are only produced in great years like 1990, 1996, or 1999. The wine houses can produce vintage Champagne in all years but not all. They are also more selective about the prestige Cuvee they use, such as vintage Louis Roederer, which is more often produced than Cristal.
 
Vintage champagnes are aged on lees for at least 36 months instead of the 15-month rule. However, the best vintage Champagnes can be released to the public much sooner. Most Champagne houses will release their wine to the market once they feel the champagne is ready to drink, but not always in chronological order.
 
The Champagnes have a longer contact time with the lees. This is where they get their biscuit, brioche, and nutty flavors. It also protects the champagne so it can age longer in bottles and develop amazing depth and precision. Also, the aging process results in smaller and more refined bubbles.
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