Blending Sparkling Wine
Blending Varietals to Produce Sparkling Wine
The three different varietals used in Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Each grape has its own flavor profile and can make up a varying amount of the final blend. Blanc de Noir is a blend of one or both of the Pinots and Chardonnay. Blanc de Blanc is 100% Chardonnay.
Grapes from different vineyard lots can be fermented in separate containers and blended to the winemaker’s taste. Most Champagnes and sparkling wines are not from a single vintage year. NV (non vintage) blends are a combination of a single years harvest as well as wines from other years that have been stored by the winery. This is done for balance and to make a consistent product year to year.
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