How Champagne is made
In 1668, in the village of Hautvillers, the monk turned cellar master, Dom Pérignon, is said to have discovered how to make sparkling wine; while the same technique is used all over the world today, the region of Champagne continues to make some of the finest.
So what makes wine sparkle? Adding a solution of sugar and yeast to a white wine starts another fermentation in the bottle which results in the bubbles. Once the yeasts have done their job, a sediment known as ‘lees’ collects on the side of the bottle; contact with this deposit during maturation gives the wine its characteristic flavours of freshly-baked bread, toast and biscuit. Once this sediment is isolated (remuage) and removed (dégorgement), the Champagne is topped up with a sugar solution to make it dry or sweet.
The Champagne Wine Region
Champagne is the most northerly wine region in France and is situated north-east of Paris. There are three main vineyard areas: Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne and Montagne de Reims.
Ripeness of the grapes is often a problem, which is one reason why a blend of grape varieties is usually used: the white Chardonnay to give fruit and elegance, and two reds – Pinot Noir (particularly to provide a ‘backbone’) and Pinot Meunier.
In Champagne there are around 15,000 growers and 290 Champagne houses. Traditionally, growers have sold their grapes to the Champagne houses which account for 70 percent of production and 90 percent of exports. Recently, increasing numbers of growers are making growers’ Champagnes themselves, using their own grapes.
The delivery prices shown are per winegrower. If your order concerns several growers, the price applies to each shipment unless otherwise stated. Delivery will be made between 5 and 15 working days. Prices are calculated upon currency rate of the day.
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|▪ France||25€||15€||Free Delivery||Free Delivery||Free Delivery|
|▪ Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands||25€||15€||40€||50€||70€|
|▪ Austria, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden||25€||15€||70€||150€||200€|
|▪ Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Malta||60€||60€||-||-||-|
|▪ Baltic, Czech Rep., Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia||60€||60€||-||-||-|
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