keithjennison January 29, 2009

Champagne — its very name denotes celebration!

By Boutique Liquors
Its very name “Champagne” denotes celebration. We serve it at graduations and parties. We launch ships with it, not to mention ringing in the New Year!

Champagne is synonymous with celebrating. It comes in many styles, and from many places around the world. But the true wine drinker, will tell you the french make the best Champagne in the world…

The finest French Champagne’s come from the same region that the fine wine got its name, Champagne. Even though Champagnes are produced throughout the world, French champagne still holds its long reputation for being the best in the world.

The Champagne Region is a mere 90 miles north of Pairs. This northern region of France is known to have the worlds most ideal climate, and soil for growing grapes. Grapes that produce some of the finest Champagne in the entire world. The Champagne region has optimal conditions for vine cultivation. With its mild winter, and sunny summer and fall, along with the forests and rivers which keeps the region at an optimal humidity.

The unique climate and soil condition have made this region second to none. This soil being much like fertilized topsoil, drinks in sun light and water. With Champagnes natural slopes that face the South and Southeast, the very region its self protects the vines from the northern winds, and exposes the vines to the warm sun. With the exceptional sun light, and rich soil, and perfect climate, it is the best place in the world to produce Champagne grapes.

The grapes used in making Champagne are, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. These three grapes blended in different amounts make the base wine that is used to produce the finest Champagnes. Pinot Meunier grapes makes up 40% percent of the blend. This grape is the easiest to grow, and is resistant to cold temperatures, so can do well longer into the winter months. Pinot Meunier grapes are only grown in the Champagne Region of France.

Pinot Noir being the second highest percent of grape used in making Champagne. Pinot Noir adds fruity flavor to the Champagne, and is 35% of most blends. Chardonnay accounts for the remaining 25% of the blend. Chardonnay adds the lightness to the wine. Champagne is almost colorless, this is due to a process that gently presses the grapes, to extract the juice, without the color.Who invented Champagne? There is much controversy in regard to this question. The first commercial sparkling wine was produced in the Limoux area of Langue doc France, in the mid 1500s. No one acctually knows who invented Champagne?

Contrary to legend, it would appear that the French monk Dom Perignon did not actually invent Champagne? But in his life time he certainly developed many advances in the production of fine Champagnes. He has certainly earned a wonderful reputation for all of his efforts in making fine Champagne. Dom Perignon became well known not only for his expertise in blending wines to create fine tasting champagne’s with superior flavor.

But also for his studies that lead to the prevention of champagne bottles and corks exploding. He discovered that by using a thicker bottles, and tying the corks down to the bottle with string, kept the bottles from exploding. This invention made it possible to store the Champagne for long periods, with out losing bottles to explosions, and cut down in wine spoilage.

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