29th September 2018 | Champagne, France
Start the day with a smile and end it with a champagne.
Snapping the cork and raising a toast with a frizzante on happy occasions is a tradition that can be witnessed in many regions round the globe. Yes, we are talking about champagne! Champagne is more or less a part of almost every good news. Be it a birthday celebration or a wedding or New Year’s eve, a champagne is but bound to get poured in glasses. This bubbly, light-coloured drink is a type of wine and is often associated with the luxury and aristocracy of Europe since 1789. Champagne is a drink that can make anyone fall in love with it and the words of Dom Perignon ‘ Come quickly. I am tasting the stars’ just proves it right. However, this majestic drink has many unanswered questions to it.
What actually is Champagne? How is it different from sparkling wine?
Often known for the beautiful sparkle and fizz, Champagne is called ‘Champagne’ only when it is produced in the Champagne region of France. However, if such fizzy wines are made outside of this region are called - sparkling wine. Another thing to note is that the procedure of making a Champagne is quite different in terms of complexity, regulation, time frame and regional properties that are only achieved in this very region of France. This makes Champagne different from other sparkling wines.
Champagne, the region of France -
The lovely grape base drink got its name from the region from which it is produced. Champagne, actually is a region in France which is approximately 90 miles to the northeast of Paris. Although, the production of wines in this region is a tradition since the Roman era, it was only a couple of hundred years ago that the people of Champagne actually began to produce it in a sparkling, fizzy form. The region of Champagne has a dominance of chalk and limestone in its soil which ultimately results in wines which are high in acidity that gives some fine quality sparkling wines as an output. In short, it is the soils, the conditions of the vineyards and the regulated procedure of production that results in a good quality Champagne.
Your Vessel Really Matters -
A Champagne’s taste is greatly dependent upon the glass you sip it from. So in course of attaining an amazing drinking experience, you must choose the correct vessel. There are certain factors on the basis of which the perfect glass for your loved Champagne can be chosen. Shape - Shape of a glass makes a lot of difference in the way your sparkling wine will taste. Flute-style glasses add more spirit and fizz to your Champagne. Material - The material of the glass and its thinness adds a fine flavour to your drink. Crystal glasses can be the best choice as they are thin in the material which makes it less obtrusive with the flavour. There are many amazing crystal manufacturers that can be considered such as Riedel, Spiegelau, Schott-Zwiesel and Zalto etc.
IF YOU HAVEN’T TASTED THE FINEST CHAMPAGNE, YOU HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED THE MAGIC -
Whatever There are moments when the reason for celebrations will be less but the quench to sip the French legacy will be high. And this isn’t even wrong. We all love a little or say the whole bottle of bubbly. But, have you tasted the best Champagnes in the world. Here we bring you the list!
5. Lanson - Founded Lanson was founded in 1760 and the brand makes it Champagne from pinot noir and chardonnay in a vine spread over 500 hectares where some of the best grapes are produced.
4. Piper-Heidsieck - If you see the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe as your ideal than you will love Piper- Heidsieck. This iconic luxury Champagne brand was Monroe’s favourite and is still adored by the elite bunch.
3. Pommery - The success in the business of wool gave Madame Pommery the confidence to launch something lusher and with the support of Henry Vasnier and Adolphe Hubinet, she started Pommery and today it is one of the most celebrated Champagne brand around the globe.
2. Veuve Clicquot - If you think Veuve Clicquot is just a classic polo party then my darling you are wrong. With the tag of lush all-rounders, VC polo is everywhere and now it the second best Champagne in the world.
1. Moët & Chandon - When we talk about the best Champagne brand we talk about nothing but LVMH. With Scarlett Johansson and Roger Federer as brand ambassadors along with the sponsorship of world's best events, this luxury brand has to bag the top position in the list and this brand has always maintained its place by creating extraordinary combinations in the world of Champagne just like the special edition only for those who love ice.