CHAMPAGNE - THE WINES
Champagne - The Wine
Champagne is the most famous of all sparkling wines. Blended from base wines using up to three different grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and grown in many different vineyards, the best Champagne Houses use as many as 100 different base wines to ensure the consistency of their non vintage Champagne each year. The Blanc de Blancs Champagnes (made from 100% Chardonnay) are clean and elegant with great aging potential, while the addition of Pinot Noir adds backbone, body and structure and the Pinot Meunier adds floral overtones and fruitiness.