Echeverría Brut Sparkling Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
With old-world know-how and some new-world attitude, this Echeverría Brut sparkling white from Chile nicely captures a bit of Champagne style in this bottle-conditioned wine. Structure is substantial enough in body, framed with a steely dryness and acidity, the pale orchard fruit is good. There is a bready quality obtained from the lees ageing, slightly like brioche and also a bit beery like wort. While not hugely complex, it's distinctive, as any Champagne or Champagne-alike should be. For the price it's a banger of a deal and worth trying one.
The 'Non-Vintage' designation on the capsule is a reference to the practice of the Champagne region where for most bottlings vintners need to blend from 'reserve' stocks held back from previous years to establish a consistent flavor balance. A 'Vintage' Champagne (all harvest in the blend is from same year) is rare and the declaration of a VC indicates an exceptionally balanced harvest in the flavor profile of grapes that year, producing a wine that should be exceptional in quality and also have unusual longevity in cellaring.
You'll infer that from the staggering price. Nearly all other sparking wines and NV Champagnes are not meant to be kept forever, so drink em up - don't save them because you might lose them. The Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Rosé
is a good example of a wine that might have good bones to last an extra year but you'd be taking your chances. Buy a bunch of those, it's usually great.