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Find Your Champagne Style

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October 18, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of #ChampagneDay, a yearly social media celebration that encourages all champagne lovers to pop bottles.

On this day, I urge you to splurge and purchase a bottle or a glass of champagne, no other sparkling wine will do! If you're already in love with champagne, and have your go-tos, this is the perfect day to venture out and try a new producer, growing region or a different style.

Is your favorite Champagne house in Reims? It's #ChampagneDay, go crazy and find one from Aube! Do you always grab a bottle of Non-Vintage Brut, make Champagne Day 2019 the day you try a Blanc de Blancs.

So many bubbles to choose from, how will you decide? Shall We Wine to the rescue, Below are a few suggestions of different Champagne styles and producers to try. Let me know which bottle you pop by posting a photo on Instagram with the #ShallWeWinePutMeOn and #ChampagneDiaries

What's Your Champagne Style?

Are you vintage or non vintage? Do you prefer a demi sec or brut natural? Champagnes are categorized by styles. When reading the label on a Champagne bottle, you may notice the words; Brut, Demi Sec, Blanc de Blancs... These are the names of styles of Champagne. Some of the terms you see on labels can refer to the types of grapes the Champagne is made from, the sugar level and or the aging.

Re sugar: The terms below will give you some indication of how sweet or dry the Champagne is. Keep in mind that the laws allowed a maximum amount of sugar per litter, so it's important to explore different Champagne Houses to see who's style you prefer. For example, one Champagne House may use 6 grams of sugar in their NV Brut while another uses 9!

Brut Nature (zero dosage/driest style)
Extra Brut (less than 6 grams of sugar/litre)
Brut (less than 12 grams of sugar/litre)
Extra Dry (12-17 grams of sugar/litre)
Sec (17-32 grams of sugar/litre)
Demi-sec (32-50 grams/litre)
Doux (more than 50 grams)

Blending and Aging:
* Non-Vintage Champagne (NV) is made by blending reserve wines from previous harvests. For example, a non-vintage Champagne that you will find in stores today may contain wine from the 1970's, 1980's 1990's harvests as well as some from 2000's.
* Vintage Champagne is made with wine from one year’s harvest. These are only bottled in exceptional harvest years. Look for 2006, 2004, 2002. The minimum aging for vintage cuvees is 36 months. Most champagnes are aged longer than the recommended minimum. These vintages are still on store shelves and "affordable." Buy one to drink now and a few to hold if you're a collector!

Want to learn more about champagne? Check out the Shall We Wine blog for some Champagne Basics. BLOG

Champagne Styles

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Champagne Vincent Couche

▪ Brut Nature (zero dosage/driest style), This style of champagne is made with no added dosage aka sugar. These are great as an aperitif and with oysters! Clean and refreshing.
▪ ****Check out the Vincent Couche Chloe
Brut Nature (zero dosage/driest style), This style of champagne is made with no added dosage aka sugar. These are great as an aperitif and with oysters! Clean and refreshing.
****Check out the Vincent Couche Chloe
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Champagne Ruinart

▪ Blanc de Blancs - These are champagne made from 100% Chardonnay. Champagne can be made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Expect a Blanc de Blancs to be elegant with lots of minerality.
▪ Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is top of my list.
Blanc de Blancs - These are champagne made from 100% Chardonnay. Champagne can be made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Expect a Blanc de Blancs to be elegant with lots of minerality.
Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is top of my list.
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Champagne Bollinger

▪ Non-Vintage Champagne (NV) Brut. A Non-Vintage or NV Champagne is made by blending reserve wines from previous harvests. For example, a non-vintage Champagne that you will find in stores today may contain wine from the, 1970's, 80's and 2000 harvests.
▪ Champagne regulations state that a Brut Champagne must have less than 12 grams of sugar. I recommend trying various producers to see if you prefer one with more or less RS (residual sugar)

**** Check out Bolinger, the official Champagne of James Bond! This wine is an adventure, big, bold and brawny.
Non-Vintage Champagne (NV) Brut. A Non-Vintage or NV Champagne is made by blending reserve wines from previous harvests. For example, a non-vintage Champagne that you will find in stores today may contain wine from the, 1970's, 80's and 2000 harvests.
Champagne regulations state that a Brut Champagne must have less than 12 grams of sugar. I recommend trying various producers to see if you prefer one with more or less RS (residual sugar)

**** Check out Bolinger, the official Champagne of James Bond! This wine is an adventure, big, bold and brawny.
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Champagne Krug

▪ Vintage Champagne is made with wine from one year’s harvest. These are only bottled in exceptional harvest years. Look for 2006, 2004, 2002 at your fav wine retailer.
▪ I am a huge fan of Krug! Check out their 2006!
Vintage Champagne is made with wine from one year’s harvest. These are only bottled in exceptional harvest years. Look for 2006, 2004, 2002 at your fav wine retailer.
I am a huge fan of Krug! Check out their 2006!
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Champagne Laurent Perrier

▪ The two red grapes in Champagne are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
▪ An interesting fact about how rose is made in Champagne is the producers are allowed to add still red wine to white wine to create a rosé. Champagne is the ONLY region in the world where you can legally blend red and white wine to make a rosé. Some producers use the saignée method where the must is allowed to undergo skin contact.
▪ The Laurent Perrier Rosé is top three on my Rosé Champagne list. This is made with 100% Grand Crus Pinot Noir.
The two red grapes in Champagne are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
An interesting fact about how rose is made in Champagne is the producers are allowed to add still red wine to white wine to create a rosé. Champagne is the ONLY region in the world where you can legally blend red and white wine to make a rosé. Some producers use the saignée method where the must is allowed to undergo skin contact.
The Laurent Perrier Rosé is top three on my Rosé Champagne list. This is made with 100% Grand Crus Pinot Noir.
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Champagne Pommery

A Demi-Sec is a sweet, dessert style of Champagne. These have any where from 32-50 grams/litre of residual sugar. Best with fresh fruit and cheesecake. Similar to my advice for the Brut, I recommend trying a few producers to see who's style you prefer.

Check out Pommery the bottle is fun and the Demi-Sec has great acidity to balance out the sugar.

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