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What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘celebration’? What is that one thing without which any celebration is incomplete? Yes, the answer is champagne. No wedding is complete without raising a toast. Romantic dinners aren’t the same with no champagne on the table. As the new year is around the corner, let’s start prepping up and stock up the barrels to raise a toast and party hard.
Now, don’t get intimidated by the wine menu. It’s time to impress your guests by serving champagne like a pro. Here are a few suggestions about what to buy.
Champagnes are considered “vintage” only when they are made using grapes produced in one single year. This variety of champagne is aged for longer and usually on the higher side, in terms of money. Vintage champagnes fit to the higher and better quality and can age for decades. The taste differs with every ongoing year, weather being one of the reasons. Generally, richer in flavour, vintage champagnes are ideal to serve with food.
Champagnes are termed as “non-vintage” when they are made by blending wines, produced in different years. The blending of wines is an art; therefore, making the non-vintage champagne the highest-selling champagne. Non-vintage champagnes are a blend of different grapes, different years, and different vineyards. Most importantly, all the blending has to be done before the second fermentation process begins.
Champagnes are considered as “Blanc de noirs” when they are produced only using red grapes (pinot noir and pinot Meunier). As the name says, this is a light-coloured champagne made from dark-skinned grapes. It can be a blend of the two varieties of these grapes too. Blanc de noirs are fruitier in comparison to other champagnes.
Champagnes are considered as “Blanc de Blancs” when they are produced using only white grapes (Chardonnay). This variety is considered lighter but more ‘elegant’ than Blanc de noirs or a blend.
Champagnes that are made in one of the two ways (Blanc de Noirs and Blanc de Blancs) are considered as rose champagne. Unlike still rosé wine, rosé champagne can be made by blending red and white wines. However, the best rosé champagnes are made using the ‘saignée’ method.Rose champagnes come in varied tastes and range in different hues from pale onion skin to salmon and copper.
A large percentage ofFrench champagne is classified as brut, or dry, which means the dosage added to a bottle contains very little sugar. Brut champagnes envelope wide range of quality, taste, and character. This kind of champagne only has sugar levels running in the less than 15 grams per litre range (1.5% sugar). Yet, the flavours talk more about fruitiness, such as apple, pear, citrus, peach, and even apricot. It is best when paired with traditional caviar to buttery seafood.
Champagnes that fall under this category are semi-sweet in taste as they have a noticeable amount of sugar. This style of champagne has sugar levels of 33-50 grams per litre (3.3-5% sugar). They can be served with desserts or cheese too can go well with it.
Champagnes falling under this category are slightly sweet, as they contain a dosage with a small amount of sugar.This style of champagne has sugar levels of12-17 grams of sugar per litre.
These days as any other grocery item or clothing, you can opt for wine baskets delivery too. Just place your order and wait for your delivery. Be ready to raise a toast and celebrate!