Champagne Wine Region
An Introduction to Champagne
The question whether Champagne is different from sparkling wines is widely asked by people all across the globe more often. The answer is a simple yes.
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The production of Champagne requires the producer to follow strict guidelines in terms of the following things:
- Secondary fermentation
- Vineyard practices
- Sourcing of wine grapes
- Pressing regimes
Although the term Champagne is being used as generic for sparkling wines, it is often illegal to label the sparkling wines as Champagne in many countries.
The product can be labelled as Champagne if and only if it is coming from the France’s Champagne wine region and has been produced following the regulations quoted under the appellation system of France.
Grape Varieties used in the Champagne Making
In general, three varieties are being used as the primary grapes in Champagne making. They are:
- Pinot noir (red)
- Pinot Meunier (red)
- Chardonnay (white)
Of these, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier have dark skins and are attributed to the length, as well as the backbone of these wines.
Apart from these major varieties, four more varieties are permissible to be used in the Champagne production, according to the current appellation system (updated in the year 2010). They are:
- Petit Meslier
- Pinot blanc
- Pinot gris
Champagne Production Method
The traditional method which is employed in the Champagne making is termed as Méthode Champenois.
In this method, after the completion of the first fermentation (including bottling), the wine will be subjected to another fermentation in the bottle itself.
This fermentation inside the bottle will be initiated by the addition of yeast and rock sugar. It is to be noted that Champagne would take a minimum of 18 months to develop its flavour completely.
Prestige cuvee: This is a blended type of Champagne and is considered to be the top-of-the-range. Few examples of this type are:
- Louis Roederer’s Cristal
- Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle
- Moët & Chandon’s Dom Pérignon
- Duval-Leroy’s Cuvée Femme
- Pol Roger’s Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
Blanc de noirs: This is the white wine that is being produced using black grapes.
Blanc de blancs: This is the white wine that is being produced from white grapes. Most commonly, this type of Champagne is produced by using Chardonnay grapes alone. However, in some occasions, Pinot blanc will also be employed.
Pink Champagne: This low-cost version of Champagne with sweet taste was produced during the 1950s and 1960s. The production of pink Champagne has been discontinued now.
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