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Flashcards in Champagne/Sparkling Deck (21):
1

What are the top grapes from Champagne?

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • PInot Meunier

2

What are the important styles of Champagne?

  • NV Champagne
  • Rose Champagne
  • Blanc de Blancs Champage
  • Blanc de Noirs Champagne
  • Vintage Champagne
  • Prestige Cuvee Champagne

3

What are the 5 districts that make up Champagne?

  • Aube
  • Cote de Blancs
  • Cote de Sezanne
  • Montagne de Reims
  • Valee de la Marne

4

What does Chardonnay add to Champagne?

  • Acidic
  • Light component
  • Doesn't fully ripen so is not full bodied/low acid like most Chardonnays

5

What does Pinot Noir add to Champagne?

  • Body
  • Fruit

6

What does Pinot Meunier contribute to Champagne?

  • Descendant of Pinot Noir
  • Fruit
  • Acidity

7

How does the soil of Champagne contribute to the wine?

  • Chalk
  • White color reflects sunlight to help vines fully ripen
  • Distinct, crisp, chalky flavor
    • Contrasts acid and fruit

8

Dosage

  • liquer d'expeditioin to top the bottle off.
  • Still wine that may have sugar dissolved into it

9

What are the sweetness levels of Champagne?

  • Brut Nature
  • Extra Brut
  • Brut
  • Extra Dry or Extra Sec
  • Sec
  • Demi-Sec
  • Doux

10

Brut Nature

No sugar added - bone dry

11

Extra Brut

Minute amount of sugar added, very dry

12

Brut

  • Minimal amount of sugar added
  • dry
  • most popular

13

Extra Dry or Extra Sec

  • Some sugar added
  • Off-dry

14

Sec

  • Semisweet
  • literal translation of "sec" = dry

15

Demi Sec

  • Quite Sweet
  • Translates to semidry

16

Non Vintage (NV)

  • Most common style - 80%
  • Cuvee - a blend of several component base wines

17

Vintage Champagne

  • Only the best of years
  • No blending
  • 2-3 times per decade
  • Expensive

18

Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs

  • Blanc de Blancs - light and crisp
  • Blanc de Noirs - fuller and richer

19

Rose Champagne

  • Blending a small amount of red wine into the cuvee
  • Or, allowing skins to stay in contact with grapes

20

Prestige Cuvee

  • Super premium sparkling wine
  • Very best
  • Showpiece
  • Examples:
    • Dom Perignon (Moet and Chandon)
    • Cristal (Louis Roederer)

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Names for Champagne bottle sizes

  • Split
  • Imperial
  • Magnum Jeroboam
  • Rehoboam
  • Methuselah
  • Salmanazar
  • Balthazar
  • Nebuchadnezzar