CHAMPAGNE

Pears, Ciders, Cormé, Montlouis, Moscato d'Asti, Vouvray, Quality sparkling wines... as well as champagnes of course, all these appellations produce sparkling wines. You were curious to see what was hidden under this little name "Les Bulles"? We tell you everything about these drinks whose style differs from still wines.

WHAT IS A SPARKLING WINE?

To speak about sparkling wine, we can also use the terms sparkling wines or fine bubbles. Most of the time, these are sparkling wines, but they can also be fizzy or perlants: effervescence has variations that depend on several criteria such as the region, the appellation, the grape varieties and the production methods. There are several elaboration techniques such as the méthode champenoise (and traditional), the méthode ancestrale, the méthode de la cuve clos and the méthode dioise... These wines are regulated by the European Union since 2008 and 2009.

We designate as effervescent a wine from which we removed CO², this carbon dioxide is created during the fermentation of the wine. It is dissolved in the wine by the closing of the bottle with its cork, maintained by a worm. The gas will come out only when the bottle is uncorked.

CHAMPAGNE BUT NOT ONLY...

The Champagne region produces only sparkling wine composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The Champagnes called "Blancs de Blancs" are exclusively made from Chardonnay, while the "Blancs de Noirs" contain a proportion of red grapes. More generally, we know the Brut, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé Champagnes, with a very telling example of success: the Champagne House Louis Roederer.

Because it is not only in Champagne that fine bubbles are produced, there are now ciders, perries and gourmet cormé produced by Eric Bordelet. This is just one example, but more and more producers are turning to the elaboration of mealtime vintages, because after all, why not make food and wine pairings throughout the meal by varying the pleasures with sparkling wines? Of course, Crémants, Ciders, Vouvray, Poirés, Sparkling wines and other sparkling wines are slightly less sparkling than classic champagnes but this does not prevent the realization of tasty associations. Small geographical point: the appellations Vouvray and Montlouis are very appreciated and come straight from the Loire Valley as well as the ciders, perry and cormé, the sparkling wines can be produced everywhere in France and finally, the Moscato d'Asti comes to us from this superb country which is Italy, to be found in our tasty selection of Wines of the World.

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