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How to choose Champagne the right way

Choose a good champagne can be a really overwhelming for many, as are several details, that not everyone knows, that you need to know to be able to choose the one that best suits our tastes and palate. Not everything mark price, as they can select a brand, expensive or cheap, that is very dry or very sweet, and be not of your total liking.

Before we give some tips that will help you better understand and go out and buy their bottles to toast any special reason, or simply because they crave, I should clarify that in this article is only talking about champagne and not sparkling wines in general. Remember that Champagne is only that which comes from the region of the same name located in France. The rest of the sparkling wines can be called according to the country where they come from and not to confuse them (Cava, Crémant or Prosecco)

Let’s first talk about the level of sweetness. The sweetness of the champagne, unlike the sweetness in the wine is due to the form of sweetened, which is added to the wine at the end of its second fermentation. Not to go into details complicated I’ll tell you best as each one is, and that can be easily read on the label of a champagne

Brut Nature / Extra Brut / Brut Nature/ Brut Zero / Brut Sauvage Are champagnes that has no added sugar. Its flavor is more dry and low in sugar and has few calories.
Brut The average dose of Champagne is usually around 6 to 10 g / L, which adds body to the Champagne, though, along with the high level of acidity, its flavor will be dry.
Extra Sec/ Extra Dry level of sweetness is still low enough for the Champagne to feel dry, but with a character distinctly more fruity or sweet.
Dry style with a fruity sweet, with a body and a texture richer.
Demi-Sec A style noticeably more sweet champagne that is perfect to accompany desserts or cheese and nuts.
Doux A type of champagne for dessert, which is now relatively rare to find. Tastes very sweet fruit and harmonizes very well with cold creamy desserts (without chocolate).

Now’s the time to understand the style of Champagnes. There are 3 grapes that are used for the production of Champagne: Chardoynnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The as using these grapes determines the style of each brand, there are those who do a mix of the three to develop a blanc.

Blanc de Blancs

It is a style of Champagne white produced 100% with white grapes. In Champagne, this means that you will be 100% Chardonnay. There are, of course, some rare exceptions to this rule with some clusters are very rare (in the same region), including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Arbane, but for the most part, the Blanc de Blancs are 100% Chardonnay. The Blanc de Blancs tend to have more citrus notes and flavors of fresh fruits such as green apple and the like.

Blanc de Noirs

It is a style of Champagne Blanc produced 100% with red grapes. In Champagne, this simply means a combination of Pinot Noir and / or Pinot Meunier. Blanc de Noirs tend to have more flavors of strawberry and raspberry. Remember that the color of the wine is obtained from the skin, that means that you do not leave much time to contact with this and that’s why the color is lighter.

Rosé

The champagnes rosé wines are typically made by mixing Champagne Blanc with a bit of wine from grapes of the Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier. The red wine made for champagne is very different than the one that is made for red wines. Its purpose is to provide flavors of fruits like strawberries and raspberries, with little or no tannin and acidity very high.

Aging is one of the most important factors that determines the taste of the champagne. The aging of Champagne in the “tirage” (as they call it) gives you more aromas of bread, toasted and nutty – the highlights of a great Champagne .

Non Vintage
Aged a minimum of 15 months. The champagne without a vintage is there for producers to make a vintage of the home with a consistent style every year (without taking into account the quality of the harvest of that year). Therefore, if you purchase a Champagne NV, you can expect it to be a style fruity and with less Champagne yeast.

Vintage
Aged a minimum of 36 months. In years special when the harvest is good, the producers created a single harvest special, destined to age for a longer period of time, and that usually makes for a stylish and creamy with Champagne yeast.

Another important feature that will read on the label of a bottle is the name of the place where are cultivated the grapes. There are hundreds of communities, but only 42 have vineyards Premier Cru, and just 17 have vineyards Grand Cru. These classifications determine which vineyards have proven their ability to produce grapes of exceptional to produce champagnes of the highest quality.

Champagne classifies its producers and there are basically 3 types : Maisons , cooperatives and Vignerons that we can define them as: the big houses like Moët, Veuve Clicquot, Perrier, etc.; cooperatives are a specific people in Champagne and make wine base with multiple producers in the same region, Nicolas Feuillatte, etc; and, finally, the Vignerons who are the producers that belong to a single family or person that grows their own grapes in a specific place and make their own wine.

By following these simple steps, you will be ready to be able to buy the champagne taste and the structure that best suits your tastes. And remember, not everything is in the price, there are fabulous tags with very affordable prices, and another thing, remember that it is not necessary a great event to take the champagne, only the desire and want to enjoy a glass of this wonderful wine any day of the week in any place.