Cards of Wine

Champagne (France)

"I only drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad"
Lily Bollinger

Profile

Body
Sweetness
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Apple. Pear. Citrus.
A hint of Vanilla in the finish.
Yeast and Nutty flavors are common to all French Champagne.

Food Pairing

You can drink Champagne to everything:

Aperitif. Caviar. Lobster.
Hors-d'œuvre. Potato Chips (Yes).
Sushi. Smoked Salmon. Fried Fish.
Serrano or Prosciutto Ham.
Scrambled Eggs.

Serving temperatures:
Medium Body 8-10°C (46-50°F)
Full Body 10-12°C (50-54°F)

About

Champagne comes from the Champagne region of France and claims to be the most famous wine in the world.

Sparkling wine from other regions in the world are either just called "Sparkling" or a regional name like Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, German Sekt.

The main grape is Chardonnay, especially in the Blanc de blanc version, which means white (wine) from 100% white (grapes).

Blanc de Noir is a white (blanc) Champagne made with 100% black (noir) grapes, usually Pinot Noir.

Many Champagne are blends of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

The bubbles are made of carbonic acid gas, a natural by-product of the double fermentation process unique to Champagne.