You may find some very fair Champagne prices this holiday season, as wine merchants are likely to lure would-be buyers to their stores with sales on select brands of bubbly. The best deals are generally the nonvintage (NV) wines (those without a year specified on the label), costing between $30 and $50 (with Krug as the exception). Nonvintage Champagne accounts for nine out of 10 bottles produced in France's Champagne region.
Nonvintage vs. Vintage Produced by the same exacting methods as vintage Champagnes (which reflect the character of a single harvest and are thus subject to variation), NVs are made from wines of several years, blended to maintain a consistent style over time.
House Style Although there is a broad range in styles from one Champagne house to the nextaustere and light-bodied to rich and toastya nonvintage is a producer's hallmark, and as such, should always be recognizable. For example, if you've liked Bollinger's nonvintage in years past, you can expect to encounter the same character in a bottle you buy today.