For the Champagne Connoisseur

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Think you know your Bollinger from your Laurent-Perrier?

When it comes to selecting the finest champagne you may think you know a quality bubbly, but how much do you really know about the brand behind the fizz?

Champagne has its name from the Champagne regions in France, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes grow and are used to make the finest brut style fizz.

Only sparkling wine made in the French Champagne region can be called Champagne. Other countries produce their own versions such as Cava from Spain and Sekt from Germany.

The most famous brands of Champagne include Billecart-Salmon who are famous for their delicate rose, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Moët and Chandon, and Pol Roger.

The grandson of the founder of Moët and Chandon Jean-Rémy was famous for his friendship with Napoleon, which began at military school. Whilst Bollinger boasts 140 hectacres of top rated vineyards.

19 year old Pol Roger founded the Champagne house at the age of 19, which went on to boast famous fans such as Sir Winston Churchill, who proved to be the brands greatest promoter.

Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by the Laurent family and became Laurent-Perrier when Eugène Laurent married Mathilde Émile Perrier, and is now ranked in the top six Champagne houses.

Originally in the 15th century, Champagne was made as a still wine, and it’s reported that the English added sparkle to the exported wine in the 17th century. The first proper Champagne house was founded in 1729.

Champagne Glossary

The words associated with Champagne and their meanings.

Accessible – easy to drink

Brut – dry

Doux – very sweet

Mousse – the thousands of fine bubbles in a sparkling wine

Perlant – lightly sparkling

Vin de garde – wine that is capable of great improvement if left to age