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Champagne

Champagne is the top Appellation contrôlée (or appellation d'origine contrôlée - AOC) sparkling wine-producing region in the world. A wine method invented by the monk Dom Perignom.

Where is Champagne?

The region covers an area of some 34,300 hectares (84,747 acres or 132 square miles). Located some 146km east of Paris (a mere 2 hour journey by train); it is the most northerly wine growing area in France.

There are four main growing regions:

  • The Montagne de Reims,
  • The Vallée de la Marne,
  • The Côte des Blancs
  • The Côte des Bar.

The regions are then sub-divided into Departments or cantons:

  • the Marne,
  • Aube,
  • Aisne
  • Haute-Marne,
  • Seine-et-Marne.

Of which the first three (in order of size) are the main vineyard growing/producing areas.

Statistics:

  • 280,000 plots of vines
  • Each vineyard roughly measures 12 acres (100m2 or 4.85 hectares)
  • 17 villages are permitted to use the title Grand Cru
  • 42 villages are permitted to use the title Premier Grand Cru
  • 300 million bottles of Champagne sold each year and shipped globally

A list of Houses and their bottles sold (figures care of Glass of Bubbly .com)

  • Bollinger 2.5 million
  • Dom Perignon 5 million
  • Krug 500,000 bottles
  • Lanson 4 million
  • Canard-Duchêne 4 million
  • Laurent Perrier 7 million
  • Louis Roederer 3.2 million
  • Moet & Chandon 30 million
  • Mumm 7.5 million
  • Nicolas Feuillatte 11 million
  • Perrier Jouet 3 million
  • Piper Heidsieck 4 million
  • Pol Roger 1.5 millon
  • Pommery 4.5 million
  • Ruinart 2.5 million
  • Taittinger 5.5 million
  • Tarlant 100,000 bottles
  • Veuve Clicquot 19 million

 

A selection of Champagne Cocktails:

  • Air Mail
  • Aperitivo Spritz
  • Apple Cider Mimosa
  • Atomic Champagne Cocktail
  • B2C2
  • Barbotage
  • Bellini
  • Black Velvet
  • Blushing Mimosa
  • Bucks Fizz
  • Champagne Mojito
  • Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon
  • Fancy Bourbon Punch
  • French 75
  • Grand Royale
  • Kir Royale
  • Mango Bellini
  • Mimosa
  • Porter and Champagne
  • Raspberry Fizz
  • Sgroppino
  • Summer All Year

Champagne is first and foremost a spakling wine.  It has for generations been considered 'the best' sparkling wine to enjoy and parties, Balls as well as important celebration events throughout the year.  However the rise of Cava, Prosecco and a host of English sparkling wines have begun to rival not only the quality but the price.

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