Best 5 Types of Champagne And Which One is Best?
There’s always a reason to drink champagne! Who doesn’t love a little glass – or, in fact, a whole bottle of bubbly? Yes, we thought so. But what brands are doing the business? Which champagne brands are proving most popular?
Which Champagne is Best?
Louis Roederer Cristal Brute 2008 has been aged for 10 years and might be the champagne house’s best yet according to many critics and sommeliers.
What is Champagne?
Champagne is a white sparkling, typically from the Champagne region of France. There are many types of champagne and they all come in ranging degrees of sweetness, from Brut wines, which are dry and not , to Sec wines, which are mildly sweet, and Doux wines, the sweetest.
Let’s take a look at the different types of champagne in detail below.
Prestige Cuvée is a proprietary blend that is considered to be the top quality wine that a producer makes. They are a relatively new development, with the first publicly available prestige cuvée, the famous Dom Pérignon by Moët & Chandon, being released in 1939. Before that, prestige cuvée was generally reserved for high-society private stores, such as Louis Roederer’s Cristal, which was made privately for thetsars until 1945. Prestige cuvée can still come in many styles, depending on the producer, but will typically produce the best mousse, or bubbly froth, when the bottle is opened.
Brut is the driest style of champagne, with the smallest dosage of sugar added for sweetness. It usually does not contain more than 12 grams of additional, as compared to Doux, which contains over 50 grams of added sugar.
Rosé is one of the newest types of champagne and is made by adding a small amount of red Pinot Noir wine to white sparkling wine, thus producing a pink hue. This produces a taste that is still dry, with minimal sugar addition, but with a softer feel.
Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Blancs is a wine made only from white grapes, primarily Chardonnay or Pinot blanc. They tend to be very dry and not sweet, though it may vary from producer to producer.
Blanc de Noirs
Blanc de noirs is a white wine that is produced entirely from black or red. It is typically yellowish in color because of contact with the grape skin pigments, and the resulting wine is more bold and sweet in flavor.