Champagne & Sparkling
Champagne is a French sparkling wine which can be white or rosé. The term Champagne has protected usage and it was the European Union which gave Champagne its P.D.O. status ( Protected Designation of Origin).
The “Méthode Champenoise” is the official process employed, which briefly consists of fermenting the wine in specially corked bottles so that the gas is prevented from escaping, thus creating its bubbly characteristics.
It is here in this cool, northerly region that winemakers are able to transform thin, tart base wines into rich, layered objects of celebration.
Across the 320 Champagne villages, producers make wine from predominatly three grapes - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vast majority of all Champagne is made in a non-vintage style - that is, a blend of different vintages which can vary greatly in style from producer to producer. Each house has its own style, striving to produce a consistent Champagne each year.