Champagne there is Method in the Pressing

23 Aug

When making Champagne three different varieties of Grape are predominantly used. You may or may not know, but the colour of Champagne is actually white, two of the three varieties used in making Champagne have red skin, these Grape varieties are Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir Grapes                                 Pinot Meunier Grapes

 

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Chardonnay Grapes

Chardonnay Grapes, which is the third variety of grape used in making Champagne is white skinned as shown in the above image. The red grapes used in making Champagne are able to produce white wine down to a number of reasons. All grapes are handpicked and there is no machinery used in the picking process at all. The picked grapes are than delicately pressed during the fermentation process, and there is no contact between the juices that have been pressed and the skins of the grapes used in the pressing.

When you take a look at the structure of the Champagne, it is the Chardonnay Grape that adds the backbone and provides the depth of the champagne. The reason that the three varieties are used is that they work well together is because of the difference in the way they are planted. One is planted on east facing chalky slopes, the other is planted on north facing slopes, there specifics are so different, but they could not blend and work well together in any other way.

Many of the famous Champagne Houses will use different grape varieties from different regions, this is to ensure that the brand that they are blending remains unique and tastes the same every time it is blended and created.

Just remember the next time you sit down to enjoy your favourite Champagne drink, let the bouquet of aromas delight your senses, let it capture your imagination, let it take you to the vineyards in France, let it take you where it wants to go.

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