champagne

Learn to differentiate the various types of champagne

With this article you will learn to differentiate the types of champagne available so that you can show off your admirable champagne knowledge at your family gatherings.

 

Champagne Brut

This is the most common champagne. It is made with a low content of sugar and it’s labeled as a “without year” harvest or BSA as its French abbreviation mentions it. It is a mixture of reserve wines (40%) and new wines.

 

Brut Millésimé

This is the result of an exceptional year due to the quantity and quality of the crops. This aged champagne is mixed with three grape varieties; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. It is the Champagne Wine Interprofessional Committee that determines which crops deserve to be considered as “millésimes”.

 

Le Blanc des Blancs

This champagne’s vineyards are located south of Epernay, in Côte des Blancs. Its nickname, “The white of the whites’ (Le blanc des Blancs), is due to the name of the same region where its white Chardonnay grapes are harvested. Gourmet experts consider these type of grapes as symbols of quality, delicacy, and freshness.

 

Pink champagne or rosé

A combination of white and red wines from the Champagne region. This method is called an “assemblage” process. This type of champagne begins to rise its popularity among the events of the French society.

 

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