Hello there… here I am talking again about Champagne, well, it is the holiday season and with it lot’s of parties and lots to commemorate. Wherever there is a commemoration… a bottle of Champagne is welcome.
1 – Champagne is made from…
Sounds Obvious but NOT many people knows that Champagne is made by the exclusive combination of only theses three grapes : Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunièr .
2- Champagne by the grape combination can be:
- Blanc de Blanc: ( white on white) made by Chardonnay grapes
- Blanc de noir ( white on black) made by the blend of Chardonnay and/ or Pinot noir and Pinot meunièr
- Rosé is produced either by leaving the clear juice of black grapes to macerate on its skins for a brief of time or more commonly, by adding a small amount of still Pinot Noir wine
3- Difference between Vintage and Non Vintage
- Vintage champagne is an aged champagne made from grapes of one specific year.
- Non vintage is made from grapes of different years and the aging process is shorter
4 – Champagne definition by the sugar content
- Brut: dry, less than 1.5% sugar
- Extra Sec: extra dry, 1.2 to 2% sugar
- Sec: medium sweet, 1.7 to 3.5% sugar
- Demi-Sec: sweet, 3.3 to 5% sugar (dessert Champagne)
- Doux: very sweet, over 5% sugar (dessert Champagne)
5- Bottles Names by Sizes
6- How to open a bottle
Remove the foil cap and twist the wire 6 times- remove the mesh top. Then, start to gently turn the cork so the carbonic gas stays on liquid and the and the bubbles last longer and VOILA!! By opening the champage this way and using a bottle stopper it is a smart way to have longer lasting bubbles.
7-Champagne glass shapes:
Here the 4 most popular champagne glasses along with a peronally selected beautiful design for each.
The flute style is typically the most popular glass shape for champagne; it looks elegant and features a nice long stem making it easy for the hand, it’s probably the most used those days.
The tulip-shaped champagne glass is different to the flute because of the narrow top and the wider bowl.
saucer/champagne coupe is what I like to call the ‘old school’ shape champagne glass type and is a more traditional. Legend has it the shape of the coupe was modelled on the breast of French queen Marie Antoinette.