The Champagne region covers 30,000 hectares of land, and produces every year more than 300 million bottles of Champagne. The Champagne is only produced from three grape varieties (“cépages”):
Chardonnay: great finesse, it is the one that we exclusively find in the Blanc de Blancs champagne. Champagnes made from Chardonnay champagnes are light, and Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are very nice as an aperitif. Blanc de Blancs champagne’s sales increase every year.
Pinot meunier: more fruity, it brings roundness and bouquet to the champagne.
Pinot noir: this grape variety gives a powerful and vinous style to the champagne. It is the one that we exclusively find in the Blanc de noirs champagne. Blanc de Noirs champagne’s sales increase every year.
These 3 grape varieties are cultivated on a land covering about 300 villages:
- Greatest champagnes are produced from Grand Crus champagnes, from 17 villages only.
- Then, 44 villages can produce champagne from Premiers Crus.
- Finally, every other champagne is produced from the 250 remaining villages.
The most famous champagne from every house is the Brut champagne non vintage, representing about 80% of the total production. This champagne is usually made from 3 grape varieties from different years. This champagne allows to discover the know-how of every house. Le champagne le plus connu de chaque marque et dont la vente représente environ 80% de la production de champagne est le champagne brut non millésimé.
This champagne is usually made from 3 grape varieties from different years.
This champagne allows to discover the know-how of every house.
@@@@@ When the grapes’ quality is good, champagne houses produces a champagne brut vintage, coming from a single year. The sale of Blanc de Blancs champagne increases every year, reflecting the success of this light champagne, made from Chardonnay grapes only and from several years.
Alike Brut champagne, the quality of the vintage will allow to produce vintage Blanc de Blancs champagne.
In buying a Blanc de Noirs champagne, from Pinot Noir only, you discover a powerful and vinous style champagne.
There are two methods to produce a rosé champagne. Either you add red wine to the champagne, either you proceed to the “saignée” method. It consists in leaving the grape to macerate until you get the color you’re seeking for. This champagne is getting more and more famous and its annual sales increases every year.
Alike Brut champagne and Blanc de blancs champagne, great years allow to produce vintage rosé champagne.
The demi-sec champagne is a brut champagne containing more sugar, therefore, it perfectly suits desserts.
The extra dry champagne is a brut champagne containing very few sugar.
It is usually aimed to true connoisseurs. Finally, let’s end with the Cuvées de Prestige Champagne. Each champagne house keeps its best champagne, its most beautiful bottles and caskets for their Cuvées de Prestige.
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