Champagne is a light sparkling wine, which is made only in the Champagne region of northeastern France. It is different from all other sparkling wines in the world for three major reasons:
First, a wine can only be labeled as “champagne” if is made in the Champagne region of France. Second, to be called “champagne,” it must be made only from the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, or Chardonnay grapes, which grow in that region. And third, true champagne, as opposed to other sparkling wines has to have gotten its bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice: once in barrels and again in bottles. Champagne can be produced elsewhere, as long as credit it given to the “methode champenoise” on the label.
You can purchase Champagne online, however to make an informed decision on the Champagne you decide to buy, here are some helpful tips to assist you with your search.
Always check the region. If you think you’ve made a great find, make sure to check the label of the Champagne first. If the bottle’s label does not indicate that it’s from outside France’s north-ease Champagne province then it is not the genuine thing.
Champagne bottles carry a two-letter code written in front of the label: NM, RM, CM and RC.
These can help you to understand the quality of the wine, also denoting the type of producer, whether they are a grower, house or co-operative.
- NM (Negociant manipulant) – Most Champagnes produced come under this code, with houses buying grapes in bulk to make their own Champagne.
- CM (Co-operative manipulant) – A group of growers who blend the product of their collective vineyards to sell under their own brand names.
- RM (Recoltant manipulant) – A grower who produces Champagne out of their own grapes. They may also sell their grapes to others or buy a certain amount to augment their own production.
- RC (Recoltant Co-operateur) – A member of a co-operative who buys back wine to sell under their own label. They will often have little involvement, if any, in the winemaking process.
- SR (Societe de recoltants) – An association of growers that create a shared Champagne but are not a co-operative.
While the rest of the world wails, Australians are drinking French bubbles like never before, with no excuse necessary for the splurge.
Whether it’s high tea or just time for tea, Champagne is gracing our tables or filling our flutes more often.
Brands such as Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot have become very popular in social circles around Australia. Plenty of corks are popped at Racing Carnivals, the Grand Prix, Fashion events and many more and are also finding its popularity at home functions.
Other Popular Champagne Brands Include :
- Nicolas Feuillatte
- GH Mumm
With champagne affordability in Australia at the moment, there’s only one way to celebrate in style, and that’s with a glass or two of the world’s best champagne.