the famous Champagne region of France (only wines made in Champagne
can really be called Champagne) one of the world's foremost champagne
houses has produced a limited run of its popular Blue Top non-vintage
bubbly -- Heidsieck & Co. Monopole -- the official champagne aboard
the ill-fated Titanic. (When they were bringing up salvage from the
boat a few years back, they pulled-up some Heidsieck Monopole and it
When you pop open a bottle of this super premium sparkler, you'll know why the world has been singing champagne's praises for centuries. Again, in limited circulation. Suggested retail is $49.99. Non-Mevushal. We recommend champagne be used as a cocktail or aperitif before the main course of any meal or to complement dessert. Serve in tall fluted glasses -- the small round champagne glasses are cute, but they do nothing for the wine.
Non-Vintage champagnes generally are better than vintage-dated ones. Why? Because the champagne houses blend together an assortment of wines from several different years -- giving you, the consumer the very best of many different years' production. The art, as with Bordeaux wines (which are typically blends of more than one grape type) is with the winemaker, who is the "head chef," or "mixmaster" combining wines from different vintages to give you the best result from several harvests all in one bottle. In France, the French prefer Non-Vintage (NV) champagnes because with vintage dating there can be a lack of consistent taste from year-to-year and you're putting all your eggs in one harvest's basket.