Written on the 10 October 2007 by Sources referenced within text.
"I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate . . . and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself." – Napoleon Bonaparte
The only wine entitled to the name Champagne is the sparkling wine produced in the French region of the same name.
What temperature to serve Champagne ?
Serve champagne with style by cooling the wine to right temperature.
Champagne is best drunk chilled but never iced. The younger and livelier the Champagne, the cooler it should be served (8ºC). A mature or vintage Champagne will be perfect at 10ºC. Over-chilling will mean that the wine is too cold to release its aromas and flavours.
Champagne is best chilled in a Champagne bucket: a bottle plunged into a mixture of water and ice should reach the right temperature in 15 to 20 minutes.
In the refrigerator: lie the bottle down on the bottom shelf for three or four hours before serving; you can leave it there even longer, provided that the temperature remains constant; this way you will always have a ready chilled bottle to hand.
How to open and pour champagne?
Serve champagne with style by removing the cork quietly, gently undoing the wire cage. Hold the cork in the palm of your hand and twist the bottle holding it at the bottom, the cork will come out of its own accord.
The correct way to pour a bottle of champagne is to hold the base firmly in one hand with the thumb in the punt and the fingers spread out along the barrel of the bottle.Champagne should be served in long-stemmed flutes or tulip shaped glasses. These are designed to enhance the flow of bubbles to the crown and to concentrate the aromas of the wine.
Before pouring, the bottle neck should be wiped with a clean linen. Then begin by pouring a little — an inch or so — into everyone's glass allowing the froth to settle. Then go around and top up to about two-thirds. This will prevent any frothing over.
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"I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."
- by Madame Bollinger (one of the grandes dames of Champagne).
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