Q. When did the first vines in Champagne date back to?

A. The first century, during the Roman period

Q. Why has Champagne become so popular all over the world?

A. Because it is associated with every party and celebration.

Q. What the statement d’Origine Controlee mean?

A. The geographical region and the exclusive use of the Champagne method of vinification.

Q. What are the three authorised grape varieties in Champagne?

A. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Q. How are the grapes picked during harvest?

A. Entirely by hand.

Q. How is the pressing of the grapes done in Champagne?

A. It is done in a single operation.

Q. What happens during the first fermentation?

A. Sugar is transformed into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas.

Q. Blends of wines in Champagne can combine?

A. Different grape varieties, different crus ( or villages) and different years.

Q. What does the Champagne method entail?

A. Secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Q. In the cellars, the long aging process of Champagne takes place?

Q. On it’s lees.

Q. Do Champagnes all taste the same?

A. All Champagnes are different and vary widely in taste.

Q. Can you keep Champagne for many years?

A. Depending on the style of the Champagne, it can be kept up to many years if stored under the right conditions. It may change colour and lose some of its effervescence over time but it is common for a vintage Champagne to be kept for around 10 years with no loss of quality.

Q. Is it possible to sort Champagnes into different, coherent sensory families?

A. Absolutely. Champagnes are divided into 4 great sensory families.

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