Name: Champagne, Blanc de Blancs
Origin: Champagne, France
Price: 166 DKK/22,30 EUR/27,70 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 459 DKK/61,70/76,70 USD)
Champagne as a wine region
Champagne is probably one of the most famous wine regions in the world. It is located in the norther France. Capitals of Champagne are cities Reims and Epernay. While Champagne produces still wine as well, they are most know for their sparkling wines in different range, quality and price. Vineyards in this region are usually not owned by a single house but by many growers that work on the fields part-time
Why is Champagne so expensive?
When you go to your wine shop to look for a sparkling wine, there is very high chance that the Champagne will be the most expensive. Why is that? There are several reasons. First one is the technology of production. For a wine to be a called Champagne, it has to go through secondary fermentation in a bottle for at least 15 months before it can be sold. For vintage champagne, which is even more expensive, it is 3 years. Second reason the grapes that are used but I will mention them in the paragraph below. Last reason is the branding. Brand champagne (Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot etc.) is usually more expensive than the one from smaller houses due to the fact, that these brands are under ownership of huge conglomerate Louis Vuitton-Moet & Chandon-Hennessy which handles all the marketing and drives the price. Important piece of advice – expensive is not always better. To be honest Moet & Chandon is terrible, Dom Perignon tastes like cheap sparkling wine.
Not all sparkling wine is Champagne
If you would go to visit a family in France, bring a bottle of Cava with you and say “I brought some Champagne” you might end up with a knife in the back. Even though the word champagne has been coined as word for sparkling wine, there is a huge difference between sparkling wines mostly based on their origin.
For a wine to be called champagne, it has to come from Champagne (obviously). Only three grapes allowed for production of champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (the last two are the ones that drive the price). Champagne has to be produced using the champagne method which means secondary fermentation in the bottle. So what about the other ones? Here is the list of the most common sparkling wine names:
Cava: comes from Spain, uses champagne method, mostly from Catalonia region
Cremant: comes from France, mostly from Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Limoux
Prosecco: comes from Veneto, Italy. It is made using CO2
Spumante: comes from other regions of Italy, also using CO2
Champagne Brimoncourt, Blanc de Blancs
This Champagne has a sub-title Blanc de Blancs or “white from white”. This means that this Champagne is made 100% from Chardonnay. Wine has very nice pleasant nose, with fruity aromas; mainly citrus tones. In the taste, this wine is very pleasant with orange and lemon flavors and nice small bubbles. It has very nice long aftertaste that leaves a pleasant flavor in the mouth.
Brimoncourt is great Champagne for a very good price and I will definitely buy this one again. With its nice light flavor it is great wine for all occasions and can be served as an aperitif or with grilled dishes which makes it perfect for spring and summer time.