WHAT IS CHAMPAGNE?
Technically speaking, champagne is sparkling wine made in the
Champagne region of France. But it is often mistakenly used as a
generic description of sparkling white wines in the style of the
wines of Champagne.
Champagne is produced as a blend between the Pinot Noir, Pinot
Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes. Champagne is designed to be
drunk upon purchase, and in nearly all cases is not meant to be
A non-vintage Champagne will begin losing quality within only
three or four years, while prestige champagne may last up to 15 years without degrading.
Champagne is normally drunk from either a flute or tulip glass, both of which are skinny and tall.
This shape allows the scents of the champagne to reach their full potential, and helps the bubbles
last for longer than in flatter, larger-bowled glasses. The bigger brands include Moet & Chandon,
Laurent Perrier and Krug.