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Do You Know Your Champagne Types?

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Champagne is a drink of class. It creates a difference whenever it is popped, wherever it is sipped. It is the romance in romantic dinners, the celebration of simple gatherings, and the music of victory dances.

So for an entertaining holiday in Lagos, there is only one drink that will spark up your life much more than the beautiful fireworks that will adorn the skies – champagne.

Thus, we bring you a guide on the best places to go to and enjoy your champagne this holiday.

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Cuvée de Prestige

Cuvée de Prestige is a top of the range proprietary blended Champagne which is produced to the highest standards. Cuvée de prestige Champagnes is produced by all Champagne Houses, named after notable people with a link to that House and presented in bespoke bottles with non-standard shapes. It is the most luxurious of champagnes – the crème de la crème of champagnes.

Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs is a French term for white wine or Champagne which is produced entirely from black grapes. As the flesh of grapes which are classified as black or red is, in fact, white, the wine which is produced from these grapes without contact with their skins is in fact essentially white (though it may have a slightly yellower tinge than that of wine produced from white grapes). Blanc de Noirs is made from a combination of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier or a blend of these two as they are the only two black grapes which are permitted in the making of Champagne.

Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs (‘white from white’) is a French term for Champagne which is made approximately exclusively from white Chardonnay grapes. Elegant, lithe and pleasing to a mainstream drinker, it is the Champagne of choice among serious oenophiles.

The key Champagne districts where Blanc de Blancs are grown the Côte des Blancs and Côte de Sézanne, the two subregions where the best Chardonnay is grown.

Sommeliers fall for the Blanc de Blancs – the lithe wine is a major feature on their restaurant menu and even at bars at home. It is particularly well suited to pairing with food.

Rosé Champagne

Rosé Champagne, also referred to as Pink Champagne is produced by two methods. The first method is the saignée method where the clear juice of black gapes is left to soak on its skins for a short period.

The second method involves adding a small amount of Pinot Noir red wine to the sparkling cuvée. This allows a pink colour which is consistent and recognisable to be produced from year to year.

Rosé Champagne is extremely popular in middle to upper-class society owing to its soft, fruity yet elegant aromas. It is one of the most preferred wines for wine drinkers with a sweet palate.

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Rosé Nectar

Rosé Nectar is a new category of Champagne which has been created solely for the Nigerian and American palette. The taste tends to be significantly sweeter than that of Europe and the rest of the world.

It is a deep, pink Champagne, with nuanced coppery shades. Rosé Nectar Champagne is vibrantly aromatic, combining a bouquet of blackberry, blackcurrant, and cherry flavours with herbal and heady floral notes, It is naturally creamy in the finish.

Know Your Champagne Types by Sweetness

Champagne is further categorised based on the sweetness level. The ripeness of the grapes and the amount of sugar added after the second fermentation affects the levels of sugar left over in the Champagne after bottling.

  • Brut Zero – Champagnes with this label have no sugar added to them and this will render them exceptionally dry, with less than 3 grams of residual sugar per litre. The term Brut can be translated from French as meaning ‘raw’; it, therefore, refers to the Champagne as being in its natural state without the addition of sugar.
  • Extra Brut Champagne – This champagne contains less than 6 grams of residual sugar per litre.
  • Brut Champagne – Champagnes labelled Brut contain less than 12 grams of residual sugar per litre.
  • Extra Dry Champagne – The sugar level in this Champagne is between 12 to 17 grams of residual sugar per litre.
  • Sec Champagne – Secs contain between 17 and 32 grams of residual sugar per litre.
  • Demi-sec Champagne – This is slightly sweet and contains between 32 and 50 grams of residual sugar per litre.
  • Doux Champagne – This is sweet of sweets among champagnes. It contains an astonishing 50 grams of residual sugar per litre.

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Vintage Champagne

The large majority of Champagne produced in contemporary society is non-vintage; this simply means that it is made from a blend of grapes from several vintages. The base of non-vintage wines will, however, be from a single vintage, with producers blending 10 -15% of wine from older vintages (although this may be as high as 40% in some instances).

In some years when the conditions are favourable, Champagne producers will make vintage Champagne composed entirely of the grapes from that vintage year. Vintage Champagne must mature for at least 3 years prior to being sold. The regulations stipulate that houses which produce both vintage and non-vintage Champagnes can only use 80% of the vintage’s total harvest in the production of vintage Champagne. This ensures a consistency in the style which consumers can expect from non-vintage Champagne; a failure to exercise this caveat may have a detrimental effect on the house’s non-vintage reputation.

A study recently found that Champagne is beneficial to one’s health, helping the brain to cope with the trauma of a stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as the high amounts of antioxidant polyphenols present in Champagne can help prevent deterioration of the brain cells!

So – what are you waiting for? Get those corks popping!!
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10 Inspiring Quotes on Champagne

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Beer, Red Wine, Whiskey, Vodka, Brandy…these are the names of some of the world’s most famous alcoholic drinks. And then, here comes ‘Champagne’!

“Thank you. Thank you. Enough of the applause, please. We know champagne is the greatest.” LOL!

Argue all you want, but many believe that champagne is one of the world’s most celebrated drinks.

A little secret? In some gatherings, champagne is called the “drink of all celebrations”.

So we selected a list of 10 quotes that best reminds us of that orgasmic feeling of the rosy sweet and fruity sour taste of champagne in the mouth.

  1. A fridge with no champagne is empty.

“Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.”

― Hester Browne

  1. Time to taste the stars?

“If you drink champagne when you are sad it makes you happy. If you drink champagne when you are happy you can taste the stars.”

― Chloe Thurlow

  1. When Love is involved

“Love me like Saturday night, like three glasses of champagne, like the room is spinning, like you’re drunk on my love.”

― C.J. Carlyon

  1. Brings out the poet in everyone

“Champagne arrived in flûtes on trays, and we emptied them with gladness in our hearts… for when feasts are laid and classical music is played, where champagne is drunk once the sun has sunk and the season of summer is alive in spicy bloom, and beautiful women fill the room, and are generous with laughter and smiles… these things fill men’s hearts with joy and remind one that life’s bounty is not always fleeting but can be captured, and enjoyed. It is in writing about this scene that I relive this night in my soul.”

― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  1. The Drink for all Celebrations

“The thing about champagne, you say, unfoiling the cork, unwinding the wire restraint, is that is the ultimate associative object. Every time you open a bottle of champagne, it’s a celebration, so there’s no better way of starting a celebration than opening a bottle of champagne. Every time you sip it, you’re sipping from all those other celebrations. The joy accumulates over time.”

― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

  1. Like great men, like champagne

“Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”

―Winston Churchill

  1. Thank God it’s Sunday

“Champagne…it gives you the impression that every day is Sunday.”

― Marlena Dietrich

  1. In Victory or Defeat

“Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.”

―Napoleon Bonaparte

  1. Even the Russians love it

“He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink Champagne.”

Old Russian proverb.

  1. And Champagne was created!

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”

―Dom Perignon

 

If these quotes do not inspire you, maybe this bonus quote will.

What a bubbly life!

“If life brings you troubles, drink some Champagne, then your problems will just become bubbles…”

 – Unknown

Inspired now? Head now to the best online liquor store for the best brands of champagne you can think of.

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The Types of Champagne: Brief History & Classification

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Champagne is often part of our world as adults. Bottles of champagne are used to celebrate an occasion, make a toast, to please a date, to entertain friends or just to enjoy an evening alone with our thoughts. Brands like Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent –Perrier, G.H. Mumm and Nicolas Feuillatte aren’t giants in the adult beverage industry because they are lucky. It’s because of what they offer. Wine lovers among you probably know a lot about champagne, but how much do you really know? What do you know about its different types?

Where’s Champagne from?

Champagne is the name given to sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. This region follows strict rules that demand precise vineyard practices, sourcing of grapes from precise parcels in the Champagne appellation, unique pressing regimes, and secondary fermentation of wine in the bottle to allow carbonation.

Unfortunately, “Champagne” is used a considerable lot as a generic term for sparkling wine, but in a good number of countries, it is illegal to officially label a product Champagne unless it’s coming from the Champagne region and made under the rules of the appellation.

Black pinot noir, black pinot meunier and white chardonnay are the primary grapes used in Champagne production. As the appellation law states, only grapes grown in line with the appellation rules in specific plots inside the appellation are used to produce Champagne.

Champagne grew to be associated with nobility between the 17th and 19th century and the leading manufacturers in that period took advantage of the perception through packaging and advertising, eventually appealing to the emerging middle class.

Classifications of Champagne

Champagne has been classified into different types varying wildly in taste and price.  We have non-vintage champagne, vintage champagne, rose champagne, prestige cuvée, demi-sec champagne, recently disgorged, blanc de blancs champagne, and blanc de noirs champagne.

Non-vintage champagnes

These are the most widely available champagnes as they account for 90% of all champagnes produced. Non-vintage champagnes are those that are blended from a variety of up to forty different wines from different years. Champagne producers usually keep 20% of their harvest every year to accommodate future blends.

Vintage champagnes

Vintage champagnes are created from grapes harvested in a particular year. Not all years are deemed vintage and the decision on whether it’s vintage or not is made by individual houses.

Rose champagnes

Rose champagnes are created by one of two methods; Champagne producers either add a small amount of Pinot Noir to the champagne or press the grapes slower so that the skin colours the wine. Also called pink champagne, rose champagne is perceived as romantic because of its colouration.

Prestige cuvée

These are vintage champagnes from the very best vineyards. Their grapes are from a specific year but are the best grapes among the handpicked bunch.

Demi-sec champagnes

These are medium dry, medium sweet champagnes. In a bid to cater for all tastes, it is one of the countless champagne blends created.

Recently disgorged champagnes

These are called so because after fermentation, the sediment is removed just before sale. Lovers of recently disgorged champagnes believe that the champagne maintains its freshness and gains from the additional maturation in the bottle.

Blanc de Blancs champagnes

Unlike other champagnes made with three grapes including chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, blanc de blancs champagnes use only white chardonnay grapes.

Blanc de noirs champagnes

These are champagnes made only from pinot noir and/or pinot meunier red grapes. They have a slight salmon or pink tint.

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