Types of Champagne
As you shop for Champagne, whether you are looking to spend a little or a lot, it’s important to know that there are different types.
They’ll all be from the Champagne region of France.
However, various types will offer unique flavours, colours, and even mouth feels as you sip the sparkling wine.
The most common types
Extra Brut: Extra Brut is considered one of the driest types of Champagne. Sometimes no sugar is added at all. If any sugar is added, it’s no more than six grams.
Brut: Brut may be the most common type on the market. It’s dry with just a hint of sweetness. Typically, there will be less than 12 grams of sugar present.
Dry: Despite the name, dry isn’t the driest. It’s mid-range on the way to getting sweeter. Most of the time, there will be between 12 and 32 grams of sugar added.
Demi-Sec: Demi-sec is considered a medium-sweet Champagne. If you like something sweet, you’ll find it with 33 to 50 grams of sugar added.
Doux: Doux varietals are of the sweetest and will generally contain 50 grams or more of sugar.
Rose: The pink-coloured wine is popular because of the hue. It is designed by mixing red wine with white wine. While it won’t change the flavour drastically, the contact with the red-skin grapes will impact the colour.
How to tell a good Champagne
The size of the bubbles signifies the quality of the Champagne. The smaller the bubbles, the better the Champagne. It will taste crisp, refreshing — and usually you will find little hints of peach or tropical fruit flavours.
Picking a good Champagne
The key to choosing a good bottle of Champagne is the look rather than what’s written on the bottle. First of all, a young Champagne will look lighter than an older one. The other thing to look out for is the size of the bubbles – the smaller they are the smoother and creamier you should find your glass of bubbly.
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How to tell fake Champagne
The real Champagne will have the country of origin on the label, and that country of origin should never be California, Italy, Spain or any place other than France. In other words, if it’s not from France, it’s not real Champagne.