My favourite drink comes with interesting facts that I wish to dazzle you with…
- Champagne has 319 crus or villages
- Champagne is categorized in 3 tiers: top – Grand Cru, 2nd level – Premier Cru and the lowest – Cru/Village
- Only 17 of Champagne’s 319 villages enjoy Grand Cru status
- The vineyards of Champagne total 34000ha planted with Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay
- Pinot noir adds aromas of red fruit, body and power
- Pinot Meunier is supple and fruity with an intense bouquet. It matures faster and gives roundness to the wines.
- Moët & Chandon has 1200ha under vines – the biggest vineyards of the Champagne houses. Veuve-Clicquot has 400ha under vine – the 2nd biggest Champagne House.
- Chardonnay is the grape of delicacy and finesse providing floral & fruity aromas when young. It assist with the ageing.
- 25% of the vineyards in Champagne is planted with Chardonnay
- 75% of the vineyards are planted with the red grapes – Pinot noir & Pinot Meunier
- Moët & Chandon always use all 3 champagne grape varietals in their blend
- The 2013 harvest was late, starting on 30 September for Moët & Chandon
- There are approximately 49 million bubbles in a standard sized bottle of Champagne
- The bubbles settling on top of the wine in the champagne flute is known as the Champagne Disc
- Extra Brut has less than 6 grams of sugar to a bottle
- Champagne is a blend of wines of different Crus, varietals and years to keep the quality and taste JUST the way I want it and remember it!
- Maturation of champagne varies:
- 12 – 40 years for Vintage
- average 8 years for non-vintage
- Non-Vintage champagne is blended from wines of several years to achieve a constant “style de maison” House style.
- Dom Perignon only makes vintage champagne
- The pressure in a bottle of champagne is almost 3x as much as in a car’s tyre
- Your favourite bubbles need to taste the same year after year and needs to right blend of different cru, varietals and years
2 thoughts on “Fine Bubbles”
I want to know who counted the bubbles. Thanks for dazzling me.
Good question about the amount of bubbles! Facts, figures and stats – visitors love these (as much as I do!).
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