To talk about champagne to beginners you need to first explain where it was originated from. It will come as no surprise to many that it was originated from France, in a town called Champagne, yes this is true. It is made from a certain few grapes and flavoured according to ones certain taste and brand.
Some parts of the world reserve the right to use the word champagne. Other parts of the world do not have the right to use it on their bottles, although it is common knowledge that the general term for all champagne type drinks is in actual fact, champagne.
The grapes used in champagne are pinot noir chardonnay and pinot meunier. There is often a secret part of the recipe for each different champagne brand. A minimum of 1.5 years is required to completely develop the flavour.
Although champagne can be brought in shops and supermarkets, champagne is still very much known as an upper class drink shared amongst royalty and the rich. It is associated with power and luxury and is known to be very expensive. The French kings and royalty in general helped with the popularity of the drink.
Champagne is meant to be expensive. It is designed that way, right from the packaging all the way to the way it is served. It portrays luxury and expensive taste. Commonly known as a luxury gift also, a lot of friends and families in the upper class use champagne as an expensive way to treat their loved ones. Try Take a look at Champagne Cristal.
Even today, champagne is still considered the drink of the rich and for the rich and famous. At parties champagne is free flowing and at big royal festivals. It is considered a drink of success and celebration and still a major drink in popular culture now, as it was in the 16th century.
Most champagne today is NV – meaning non-vintage. Amongst the many different types of champagne there is Prestige Cuvee, Blanc de noirs, Blanc de blancs and Rose champagne. All are available very expensive and very cheap. Supermarkets now sell cheaper champagne for middle class accessibility.
For your first bottle of champagne you should maybe try moet & chandon grand vintage 2003.
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