How To Serve It
Champagne should be kept in a cool, dark place (like a wine cellar or cupboard) but it should be served at 6-8 degrees Celsius. The fridge is fine for chilling wine quickly, but for a stylish flourish try an ice bucket.
Champagne VS. Sparkling
Ever wondered whether there’s a difference between sparkling wine and champagne? Well, there is. Champagne is a legally protected wine region in North-East France about an hour’s drive from Paris.
This means that only sparkling wine produced in this region can technically be described as “champagne”. Other common types of sparkling wine include Cava (from Spain) and Prosecco (from Italy).
How To Find Your Perfect Flavour
There are three main grape varieties used for champagne – and they all deliver a slightly different flavour; chardonnay tends to be pure and elegant; pinot noir is rich and structured; and pinot meunier tastes fruity and round.
The other major influences on flavour? The “terroir” or soil and the length of time the champagne has been fermented with sugar and yeast. The best non-vintage styles spend at least two to three years being fermented for added depth and creaminess.
How To Match Champagne With Food
The good news? Champagne goes with EVERYTHING. However, there are some subtle differences. For example, crisp and refreshing champagnes are great as an aperitif, whereas creamier varieties go well with food.
Champagne Duperrey recommends matching its delicate Premier Cru Brut with poultry, seafood or Asian food; whereas its Rosé Brut is perfect on its own or with smoked salmon. Meanwhile Champagne Duperrey’s Vintage Brut is best with truffles, lamb or lobster.
How To Open It
Now: on to the important part – opening it and drinking it. (According to one study, you’re more likely to be killed by a popping champagne cork than a poisonous spider – so it pays to know your technique!)
It’s estimated that a champagne cork can travel at 64km/hr when released, so the trick is to take off the foil, untwist the wire cage (known as a muselet), keep your thumb firmly on the cork and then twist the bottle anti-clockwise. Hold a napkin around the bottle neck if it’s slippery or wet. Voila!
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