All about champagne12/04/2015
Discover the specific characteristics of champagne: description, history, production method, terroir, serving and tasting champagne and our brands.
Description of champagne
Champagne is a prestigious and protected wine that is both globally recognized and rooted in centuries-old traditions. Produced exclusively in the Champagne region in Northeast France, it is protected by an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) label.
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History of champagne
Centuries of tradition go into the making of champagne. From its origins as a sacred wine, it later became the preferred beverage of kings at their coronation ceremonies. Nowadays we know it as the time-honored wine of special occasions.
The champagne production method
Blending tradition, know-how and excellence, champagne is the fruit of a long and complex production method. Most of the champagnes represents at least 15 months of preparation – or 3 years for millésime champagnes.
The Champagne terroir
Benefitting from a specific climate, soil quality and topography, the Champagne terroir encompasses a patchwork of micro-terroirs endowed with unique characteristics.
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Serving and tasting champagne
What is the best temperature for serving champagne? How should you chill a bottle of champagne? What is the best glass for champagne and how should it be served? We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you enjoy your champagne.
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Our champagne brands
The Pernod Ricard Group owns 2 champagne brands: Maison Perrier-Jouët and Maison Mumm, respectively founded in 1811 and 1827.