Whether looking to impress that special someone or simply seeking out a high quality Champagne for a celebration or get-together, it is always advised to bear a few of the basic in mind to make sure a wise investment is made.
It can certainly prove a little tricky to pick out the very highest quality Champagne given the number of possibilities on the market, so let’s take a brief look at some of the element and qualities to look for to source Champagne that is sure to fit the bill every time.
One of the most common misconceptions about champagne is that the price is the sole reason in relation to determining the quality of the contents. When choosing Champagne, the first thing to do is to set your budget. The pricier, most established luxury Champagnes are out of the price reach for many and so an estimated figure of how much you wish to spend on Champagne is key. While such should certainly be factored in, it is by far the only consideration to make.
There is no requirement to spend a fortune, but bear in mind that high quality Champagne at bargain prices simply does not exist!
The quantity you require is also imperative; is it just for you, a family of 4 or a party of 10? See our Champagne Bottle sizes section to see which Champagne bottle is most suited to your needs.
Next, and what is arguably the most important part; the taste. This all depends on your palate and which flavours and aromas you respond best to. Carefully reading the bottle’s label is very important and if it is labelled as “Grand Cru” then it has come from the best Champagne vineyards in the world. If a year of production is not listed on the label then it is referred to as a non-vintage bottle.
The sparkle and colour of the Champagne play a part in this as well the different types of Champagne, whether fruity, dry or sweet. The colour of Champagne can vary greatly from silver to pink. The amount of sparkles certain Champagne has is greatly influenced by how it is stored and served which can be perfected with our Champagne storage guide.
All true Champagne originates from the French wine-making region which bears the same name…it really is as simple as that. As such, any other wine, regardless of quality, price and prestige, can never truly be classified as Champagne. The method of differentiating between real and fraudulent Champagne is therefore as simple as checking exactly where it was produced.
Another element to factor into the decision making process is that of grape varieties used. Now, in this instance, the decision comes as much down to personal preference as anything else, as there are a number of grape varieties used, each with its own unique characteristics. However, those at the very top of the industry view the blending of grape varieties to produce champagne something of a second-class option, producing non-vintage Champagne loved by millions though frowned on by some.
The only other consideration to bear in mind would be that of Champagne house to opt for, though again such pertains as much to personal preference as anything else. Traditional names such as Bollinger and Krug continue to fly the flag for the industry just as they always have, though new and equally reputable producers are coming to be with each and every year that passes.