A bubbly wine notable in movies and parties as a sparkling wine, champagne is a wine that comes from Champagne, France and is one of the most famous sparkling wines in the world. They are classified into their dryness which goes from Extra Brut to Demi-sec. Extra Brut is basically “extra” dry while Demi-sec is sweet. Champagne pairs well with a lot of food and some of its aroma will remind you of apples, pears, and freshly baked goods.
The bubbles in the Champagne come from the yeast and sugars added that caused carbon dioxide to form. That’s why there is usually a “pop” when a bottle is opened because of all the pent up pressure caused by the gas. This gives you an idea of the quality of the Champagne as the bubbles that froth over the bottle mouth should sound smooth and inviting. When poured, the bubbles must flow together and form a cordon in the glass. Most of the bubbles will be small and slowly rise from the bottom to form what is called the “cordon.”
The wine itself should be golden yellow and clear. Champagne is an epitome of beauty, and it should not disappoint. Great Champagne would be golden yellow that is clear with picturesque bubbles floating to the top.
The taste of Champagne should give you a strong range of flavors but will slowly mellow down and give you a velvety smooth trip down your throat. The taste will have underlying flavors and give you a sense of ‘want’ long after you’ve put down your glass.
Finally, to enjoy Champagne at its best, you have to cool it down. Refrigerating it for three hours will give it time to reach its peak. It should be served at around 8 – 10 degrees Celsius as this gives the Champagne a cool and elegant feel that helps us in identifying the texture it will have on our Palate.
All in all, Champagne is a great notable wine that stands out from the rest. It introduces itself as a young man raised as a gentleman but with an exciting side.