Champagne
Steeped in history, wine has been made in the Champagne region since the dawn of Christianity. It was the beginning of the last century however when Champagne became known throughout the world as the number one celebration drink. Heavily guarded, a wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in North East France. Lying only 90 miles North East of Paris, and covering 34,000 hectares of vines dedicated to the production of Champagne, it is fair to say that the wines possess characteristics not found anywhere else in the world due to the particular geography, soil and climate of the Champagne delimited region. Champagne wines are made following a strict set of principal rules. Only 3 grape varieties are permitted: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Vines are short pruned and there is a maximum grape yield per hectare restriction along with a strict juice extraction limit of 102 litres of must per 160 kilo’s of grapes. Champagne must be produced by the traditional ‘Méthode Champenoise’ and be stored for a minimum of 15 months prior to release.