Tasting

your training programme:
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4. Tasting

What influence do the different grape varieties have on the aromas of Champagne?

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The producer creates the Champagne’s individual aromas by selecting and blending different grape varieties.

In your opinion, what are the notes imparted by the different grape varieties?


How do Champagne aromas develop over time?

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Wine ageing
is a slow and continuous process
that can last for
several decades.

Depending on the choices made by the producer,
Champagne continues to evolve
throughout its production,
and even beyond,
in the producer’s cellars,
then in the home of the consumer.

Youthful radiance

2/3 years

A wealth of fresh aromas from different families:

Vegetal

Orange
flower

Red
berries

Mineral notes

Pear

Citrus
fruit

White
blossom

Mature balance

6/8 years

Maturity brings rounder, more intense aromas.

Candied
fruits

Dried
fruits

Ripe
fruits

Honey

Pastries

Cooked
fruits

Vanilla

Milk
caramel

Completeness and complexity

>8 years

The complexity of mature Champagne is expressed through dense aromas.

Gingerbread

Quince

Undergrowth

Toast

Walnuts

Mocha

How should a bottle of Champagne be stored?

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Champagne is ready for drinking on release,
matured to perfection
in the producer’s cellars.

It may however
be kept for several years,
providing that the bottle is
stored in a cool dark place,
away from vibration.


1.

Did you know?

A wine that has been recently disgorged will taste different from a wine that was disgorged several years earlier, though its quality remains just as high.

 

Dégorgement

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