Champagne: The Royal Treat

March 24, 2014

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Champagne, a sparkling and effervescent wine, hails from the Champagne region of France containing such notable cities as Reims and Epernay.

Though readily regarded as the drink of royalty, champagne was actually perfected by monks of the region, particularly Dom Pierre Perignon and Frere Jean Oudart, during the seventeenth century.

Since its invention, champagne has been associated with luxury and the bubbly beverage continues to flow in the courts of royals and the homes of aristocracy around the world.

Bubbly

While it’s the very bubbles that give champagne its characteristic effervescence, they were initially regarded with disdain among abbey monks charged with viticulture and wine production.

In fact, many monks of the Champagne region were searching for solutions to prevent the development of these bubbles during the fermenting process.

Nevertheless, the sparkling wine of the Champagne region came into vogue after Perignon developed a thicker bottle whereby the second fermentation could take place producing that abundance of bubbles that champagne is celebrated for.

The Royal Champagne

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Royalty became involved with champagne early on in its development.

For one, royalty has been involved in viticulture of the region at least as early as the ninth century, especially when Hugh Capet took the throne and Reims became a royal stronghold.

Champagne, however, required a stamp of approval from the reigning king and, thus, became associated with royalty nearly from its start.

The best produced champagnes, made primarily from white Chardonnay grapes and black Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, were reserved for royalty who served them at court and were largely responsible for popularizing this sparkling drink.

Champagne for the Luxurious Life

The best champagnes are still associated with lavish and luxurious lifestyles. Dom Perignon’s name is associated, of course, with one of the most revered champagne brands today.

Moreover, the Champagne region of France is still regarded as home to the best champagnes in the world, but luckily you don’t have to be a royal to enjoy it!


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