Tips to Buy Champagne
When you’re buying a bottle of champagne how do you know it’s the real deal or just an artificial champagne? How do you know the money you spent will worth it? In this article, we’re going to speak about everything you need to know before purchasing a quality champagne so that your decision will be a smart one. We’re going to talk about what traditional champagne is, champagne brands, types of champagne, artificial champagne and alternatives to champagne.
The true champagne is been prepared in the region Champagne-Ardenne, France. The fermentation method is written on the label. If you read “methode Champagne” or Champenoise, or traditional method written on the label then, this is the traditional champagne. This method requires a lot of labor because it has two natural fermentation stages and aging processes witch can last years. Check the label to see if the champagne was been fermented in this bottle. If not, it means the fermentation happened in a huge tank and it was been accelerated which makes inferior sparkling wine. If you hear about a champagne produced in other part of the world that’s not really champagne it’s just another sparkling wine. Due to a loophole in the patent, USA can use the name “Champagne” (perhaps you’ve heard of California Champagne) but that’s not really champagne. In France there are specific growing conditions that can’t be copied. You can’t grow the same varieties of grapes used in the traditional champagne.
The simplest way to tell if a bottle of champagne is of original quality is to check the champagne brands. The most renowned champagne brands are: Piper-Heidsieck, Moet & Chandon, Louis Roederer, Bollinger, Krug, Perrier-Jouet, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pol Roger, Gosset and a few others.
Each champagne brand has a prestige cuvee, or premiere champagne, which normally is vintage champagne, prepared from the best vintage in the last several years. Cristal Champagne is the prestige of Louis Roederer and Dom Perignon is the vintage champagne of Moet & Chandon.
Similar beverages are the sparkling wines such as the Italian Prosecco and the Spanish Cava which are the finest, but there are many other cheesy sparkling wines trying to copy champagne. The frank difference is in the bubbles. Some sparkling wines are been made by carbon dioxide injection, which produces inferior bubbles that die quickly. If you want to to make an experiment, fill 2 champagne flutes or champagne glasses with a branded champagne then a cheesy sparkling wine. Next, look at the bubbles. You’ll see the cheap drink has bigger bubbles similar to soda and they disappear quickly, while the original champagne has small bubbles that remain for a long time.
Keep in mind this advice in order to judge the next champagne you buy. Remember to look at the champagne brands and then you can check all the other aspects. If you buy a branded champagne, try to savor it using appropriate champagne flutes, or tall narrow champagne glasses.