18 Facts About Champagne


Champagne became associated with royalty in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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Champagne did not use the until the 19th century, about 200 years after Merret documented the process.

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Village of Champagne, Switzerland, has traditionally made a still wine labelled as "Champagne", the earliest records of viticulture dated to 1657.

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For years where the harvest is exceptional, a is declared and some Champagne will be made from and labelled as the products of a single vintage rather than a blend of multiple years' harvests.

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Large popularity of Champagne is attributed to the success of Champagne producers in marketing the wine's image as a royal and aristocratic drink.

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Laurent-Perrier's advertisements in late 1890 boasted their Champagne was the favourite of Leopold II of Belgium, George I of Greece, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Margaret Cambridge, Marchioness of Cambridge, and John Lambton, 3rd Earl of Durham, among other nobles, knights, and military officers.

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Champagne labels were designed with images of romantic love and marriage as well as other special occasions that were deemed important to women, such as the baptism of a child.

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In some advertisements, the Champagne houses catered to political interest such as the labels that appeared on different brands on bottles commemorating the centennial anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789.

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Champagne is a single but the territory is divided into next sub-regions, which are known as wine-producing districts and each of them has distinct characteristics.

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Until then, Champagne houses produced different of varying quality, but a top-of-the-range wine produced to the highest standards was a new idea.

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Just after disgorgement a "liqueur de dosage" or liqueur d'expedition - a blend of, typically, cane sugar and wine - is added to adjust the levels of sugar in the Champagne when bottled for sale, and hence the sweetness of the finished wine.

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In 2009, a bottle of 1825 Champagne was opened at a ceremony attended by 12 of the world's top wine tasters.

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Champagne corks are mostly built from three sections and are referred to as agglomerated corks.

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Champagne is usually served in a Champagne flute, whose characteristics include a long stem with a tall, narrow bowl, thin sides and an etched bottom.

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Champagne buckets are made specifically for this purpose and often have a larger volume than standard wine-cooling buckets to accommodate the larger bottle, and more water and ice.

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When it comes to the etiquette behind holding a glass of Champagne, it is important to consider the type of Champagne glass used and the four main parts of any wine glass: the rim, the bowl, the stem and the base.

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Additionally, the industry is developing Champagne glasses designed specifically to reduce the amount of gas lost.

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Champagne has been an integral part of sports celebration since started offering their Champagne to the winners of Formula 1 Grand Prix events.

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