Eight of Our Favorite Nonvintage Champagnes For Every Budget

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To help keep the cost of a daily celebration down, reach for a bottle of nonvintage Champagne. These blends of multiple vintages also allow wineries to have a consistent style and profile year after year, which is a boon for those who want to be sure they’ll love what they’re buying.

Here are eight nonvintage Champagnes to keep chilled in the fridge.

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AR Lenoble NV Terroirs Extra Brut Mag 14 Rosé (Champagne); $63, 93 points. Following the practice of this producer to age reserve Champagnes in magnum bottles before blending, this is a beautifully crafted rosé. It has depth and good balance between age and fruit. Drink now. Massanois Imports. Editors’ Choice. —Roger Voss

Bollinger NV Special Cuvée Brut (Champagne); $79, 92 points. Dominated, as always, by Pinot Noir and with wood fermentation and aging, this Champagne has a great poise between freshness and richness. It is intense and ripe, with apple and minerality coming together. The bottling is ready to drink. Vintus LLC. —R.V.

Nicolas Maillart NV Platine Brut Premier Cru (Champagne); $40, 92 points. From premier cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, this Champagne is driven by the Pinot Noir in the blend. It is a dry style, packed with apple and citrus fruits and a youthful vivacity that might be even better after some more bottle age. Drink from late 2021. T. Elenteny Imports. —R.V.

Arlaux NV Premier Cru Brut Grande Cuvée (Champagne); $50, 90 points. From a vineyard with records going back over 1,000 years, this nonvintage cuvée is balanced and rounded, with harmony between the apple and tangy fruits and a touch of toastiness from bottle aging. It is ready to drink. Misa Imports. —R.V.

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Réserve (Champagne); $50, 90 points. The cuvée from this great Champagne producer is dry, fruity with a fine line of minerality. That is balanced by the apple and crisp citrus-fruit flavors coming together in a vibrant, textured wine. Drink now. Billecart Salmon USA. —R.V.

Boizel NV Brut Réserve (Champagne); $45, 90 points. This is Boizel’s cuvée, an attractively balanced wine with ripe apples and perfumed acidity. Like all Champagnes from this producer, it has a majority of Pinot Noir in the blend bringing richness and a fine texture. Drink now. Taub Family Selections. —R.V.

Bruno Paillard NV Première Cuvée Extra Brut (Champagne); $60, 90 points. This is the producer’s nonvintage cuvée, dry in the house style and with good balance between freshness and fruitiness. Lightly textured and with taut acidity and crispness at the end, the Champagne is ready to drink. Verity Wine Partners. —R.V.

Gremillet NV Sélection Brut (Champagne); $35, 90 points. From a producer based in the southern Aube region, this Pinot Noir dominated Champagne has good acidity that streams through the white fruits. Lively and vivacious, it is ready to drink. Golden State Wine Co. Editors’ Choice. —R.V.

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Published on August 18, 2021
Topics: Champagne