How to choose Champagne | Wine Folly

It isn't easy to choose champagne Firstly it's expensive so we can't Really fool around Additionally the Quality differences and the labeling Jargon make it Really complex Let's understand the five most important Things to pay attention to on a bottle Of champagne The number one most important thing on a Bottle of champagne is the sweetness Level and the most popular style is Called Brute and they're dry wine is Labeled dry on the other hand are Actually a bit fruit forward finally the Last two terms demisec and do mean sweet And for context demisec is less than Half the sweetness of Coca-Cola Champagne styles We're talking about grapes here there Are three major grapes in Champagne Chardonnay pinot noir and Pinot's Relative pinomunier the most common Champagne is a blend of all three grapes And it looks like a white wine beyond The classic three grape blend we see Three other variations Blanc the Blanc Meaning white of whites it uses Chardonnay these have lemony and creamy Cheesy Aromas and they're a great choice For beginners Blanc de Noir meaning White of blacks is a pinot-only Champagne I find these wines to have Subtle red fruit and earthy mushroom

Aromas they're definitely complex Finally Rose champagne is a brilliant Pink color and it's made by actually Blending in about 10 red wine so which Produces the toastiest nuttiest styles Of champagne For this we need to add age vintage Versus non-vintage champagne a process Called tiraj is what gives champagne its Nutty toasty Aromas top Champagnes age On tearage and their sellers for more Than five years strangely this is Important detail isn't actually Available on most bottles of champagne But the Vintage is going to give you a Clue vintage dated wines are required to Age for a minimum of three years whereas Non-vintage wines age for just 15 months So if you want a more toasty style look For those vintage bottled wines that is A clue Grand Cru champagne Another word you see on a label is crew Usually prefixed by Premiere or gron and It's talking about Vineyards Old place It's Vineyards here sit on slopes where They soak up the sun and dry out quickly After a rain wines labeled Grand crew Come from The Vineyards located on Perfect south facing slopes now and a Little aside about this a lot has Changed since this whole ground crew System was made originally it was for Champagne houses to easily classify and

Pay for what they felt was fair market Value of grapes a lot has changed since Then so let's talk champagne producers If you like supporting small independent Companies there is a clue on the label In small print you'll find two letters It tells you the type of producer and in Champaign there are essentially three Types maison's the big guys Cooperatives the medium guys and vinyls The little guys maison's make up the Majority of champagne we're gonna find In the store producers like Moe the Clicko Perrier bollege these are all What we call in the ghost who buy all or Some of their grapes from Growers the Benefits of negotiants is that they're Highly consistent next up we have Cooperatives this is a Grower's Co-op That pulls all its resources together And makes wine under a single brand These wines are very consistent as well Finally we have the grower producers who Do things independently there are Thousands of growers in Champaign and Hundreds of grower producers this is the Most Innovative and creative category in All of champagne I hope this helps you drink better wine And if you want to learn more while you Taste along check out the Wine Folly Club we taste delicious wines and share Knowledge about wine with myself and my Cadra of wine Pros ultimately champagne

Is a benchmark in sparkling wine and Well worth the taste happy tasting until Next time Peace out