What is vintage chocolate?

Vintage chocolate is chocolate made with cocoa beans from a single year’s harvest, typically from a single plantation.

Similar, in a way, to vintage port, only in the best years are cocoa beans selected for this chocolate. The cocoa pods are processed in the usual manner to extract the beans, which are then matured and made into chocolate when deemed at their optimum. This will be somewhere between 2-5yrs after harvest.