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Focus 1 : Champagne"Champagne is the only wine that makes women attractive after drinking it" used to say Madame de Pompadour.Champagne has many arguments to seduce you. From the Côte des Blancs to the Montagne de Reims via the Vallée de la Marne, the Sézannais or the Côte des Bars, discover a wine that makes every occasion a celebration!The appellation rolls out the red carpet: the oldest houses of Champagne open their doors to you for exclusive oenological appointments; the cooperative cellars present their last winery and the small winemakers take you as close as possible to this precious Champagne terroir. It's all these protagonists, from the kings of France to independent winemakers and merchants, who have built Champagne as it is today.
From Moët & Chandon to Anselme Selosse, the testimonies of the actors of the region will be equally interesting and surprising.Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir are here cultivated with perfection and sparkle harmoniously or in solitary. Add to this a unique historical heritage and a great gastronomy and you will fall in love with the most northern of French vineyards.
The Avenue de Champagne of Epernay and its underground cellars or the historic Cathedral of Reims, the two major cities of Champagne have not finished to try winning the title of capital - officially awarded to the city of kings. The large champagne houses have raised buildings all more majestic than each other within these two cities. But it is by crossing the many villages of the Marne and the Aube that you can discover more artisanal architectures, like the champagnes that its inhabitants produce.
Focus 2 : the Champagne appellationDistinguishing different types of Champagne:
The non-vintage Champagne is assembled from grapes harversted in different year. This wine can only be called vintage Champagne if it is assembled from grapes harvested in the same year. This wine has to age for at least 3 years unlike 15 months for non-vintage Champagne.
Grand Cru and Premier Cru Champagne.• Only 17 regions can own the distinction Grand Cru.• 44 regions can own the distinction Premier Cru.
The association of colours characterises Champagne:
The white colour in white wines consists of white grapes, such as Chardonnay wine. A flowery, delicately fine and fresh tasting wine.White wine produced from black grapes are wines composed of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. A type of wine so rare yet powerful.Pink champagne however has red wine, the grape must is allowed to remain in controlled contact with white pulp and the skin of black coloured grapes; Macerated Pink champagne ("Rosé de saignée") is rather precarious because it needs a good dose of dexterity so that tannins contained in the skin of grapes do not color the juice too much. Every house its valued or prestigious vintage wines with pride, a reflection of their exclusive, rare and refined worth.
Adding sugar or dosage to qualify certain varieties of Champagne.
Lets look at natural Champagne Brut, or Zero dosage Champagne where the sugar content is less than 3 grams per liter because no sugar was added after the foam (a method of fermentation in bottle which allows the formation of bubbles for sparkling wine).
• For Extra-Brut Champagne, the content in sugar is between 0 and 6 grams per litre.• For Brut Champagne the content in sugar is lower than 15 grams per litre.• For Extra-dry Champagne the sugar content is between 12 and 17 grams per litre. For Dry Champagne the sugar content is between 17 and 32 grams per litre.• For Medium-dry Champagne the sugar content is between 32 and 50 grams per liter
Focus 3 : Why Wine Passport ?Wine Passport works everyday for several years to offer you exceptional trips around wine tourism.Our passion for wine, gastronomy and travel help us to find the most beautiful wine regions of the world.Whether you are wine professionals or beginners, you want to discover a region or only its vineyard, we will be able to meet your expectations.
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Wine stay in Champagne
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