The most famous wine in the world
Champagne is certainly the most famous wine on the planet. Notoriety due to a unique style, but also a fierce defense of the AOC appellation. Champagne is the alcoholic drink whose production is the most regulated: from the terroir to the grape variety, including the winemaking method, everything is codified and supervised.
Champagne, the king of wines
For more than 200 years, champagne has reigned over the wine planet. Unchallenged domination that relies on unwavering protection of its origins. No other wine in the world has so many laws, international agreements or regulations to protect its difference and originality. Everything related to champagne is exceptional, from its history to its production. Some even claim that the Champagne vineyard is the ancestor of the European vineyard.
Sparkling wine a French story
Champagne wine appeared from the very beginnings of French history, during the coronation of Clovis, king of the Franks. It is as often through a clergyman, the earliest memory of the time, that we find traces of it. Saint Remi, whose city of Reims bears the name and which baptized Clovis, cultivated vines, and he acquired around the year 500 of a villa on the banks of the Marne. A villa that would later give birth to the city of Epernay. Champagne and the French monarchy thus had the same protector at their birth.
The wine that went through history
From Henry the IV th who liked to proclaim himself "Sire d'Aÿ" judging that it was the first vineyard of his kingdom, to Winston Churchill who never traveled without a few bottles of Pol Roger, champagne wine was a companion faithful to history. A history marked by some emblematic places such as the Abbey of Hautvillers or the court of the King of France.
Bubbles by accident
However, this wine was not appreciated for its original bubbles. The wine of champagne was a wine most often red, resulting from a soil today among the most famous of the region, of which one particularly dreaded "the tumult", that is to say the second fermentation for which this wine showed. special provisions. The foam thus produced was then considered an unfortunate accident. It took all the genius of the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon to tame this effervescence. And if it is incorrect to see him as the father of champagne, we must salute the talented oenologist, able to recognize, during a tasting, each plot of his vineyard. Other characters thus populated the long road of champagne to make it the wine we know today, the one we still consider today as the King of Wines.