This is the most recognizable sparkling wine in the world. It is produced exclusively in the French region of Champagne from several grape varieties, three dominant ones being Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Other permissible varieties, however used less frequently, include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Arbane and Petit Meslier.
Before the wine is sold on the market, it has to mature in the bottles for a minimum of 15 months in case of non-vintage champagnes and for 36 months in the case of vintage champagnes to represent beverage of top nobility (some manufacturers extend this period by as much as 10 years). The (apparently) accidental inventor of the so-called “Champagne method” used during production of such sparkling wines was the French monk Dom Pérignon. He gave his name to the famous brand, whereas the first champagne house which started official sale of the beverage was Ruinart, established in 1729. The production method has remained unchanged until today and thanks to this, we can enjoy the taste of this excellent sparkling wine. Champagne represents a serious and mature style, full of rich aromas such as buttery toast, nuts, chestnuts or freshly baked bread. Its flavour is complex and deep and due to this, it is a great accompaniment to such rich dishes as truffles, lobsters or oysters.