As a follow-up to the sparkling wine decision map I posted recently, I thought I’d share some details on Champagne, the most famous sparkling wine in the world. Understanding what makes Champagne unique can help you understand why you like it (or don’t), and help guide you to other sparkling wines you may like.
A sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it is made within the legally defined boundaries of that region in northern France. This is based on the French concept of terroir, which means that a wine expresses the place where the grapes are grown.
The process is also important. The Champagne method is the highest quality method of making sparkling wine. When it is used outside the Champagne region, it is called the traditional method. Here’s an overview of the steps in the process: