Last updated on September 1st, 2015 at 12:29 pm
Tastes and budgets differ. If you’re buying a bottle of bubbly, you want to make the moment special – but how much should you spend? Before choosing a bottle of Champagne, you must first work out how much you’re willing to pay for it (unless you’re lucky enough for money not to be an object!) This will depend on what you’re buying the bottle for. Is it a gift? Or maybe a special date or a wedding proposal?
Because it’s mainly a festive wine, champagne is always associated with all kinds of celebrations. It is a magic moment when that smooth foam beverage comes up as the bottle is open, isn’t it?
Champaign is a sparkling wine. But not every sparkling wine can be called Champagne. The real Champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. But not just the provenience matters. You should also know that the real Champagne is made using the “methode champenoise”. It is the procedure that creates the famous Champagne bubbles.
Another important aspect is the mix of grapes from which the wine is made. The real, famous Champagne is produced of three grape types, usually one white and two reds. As a rule, it’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The grapes combination defines the Champagne taste.
So if it’s “Blanc de Blanc”, it means the drink was produced using only white colored grapes. In this case it must taste lighter. “Blanc de Noir” defines the white wine made of red colored grapes. Its texture should be thicker with a golden shade. “Rose” means that to the sparkling wine was added a little red wine, that’s why its color should be pink.
Now, when you know how the real Champagne is produced, it’s quite clear that it’s a very expensive drink. Still, it depends on your tastes and financial possibilities. Prices range widely – you can buy an excellent Champaign for $300 and more. Or, you may choose more affordable Champagne, a French one, for about $40, like Lanson Champagne. And it’s true Champagne, not just a sparkling wine.
Lanson is a famous French Champagne house founded in 1760, in Reims. Since then, they have been producing true Champaign using the “methode champenoise”, especially for foreign markets.
It’s a common known fact that Champaign is still associated with luxury and power. Choosing Lanson Champagne you can really feel it, because since 19th century till now Lanson has been providing Champagne to the British Royal Family.
So be sure that this great Champaign will make your celebration a thousand times better. Just don’t forget to put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before opening.
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