What is Champagne wine?
Champagne wines are exclusively produced from
grapes grown, harvested and made into wine within the Champagne
delimited region, in France. The grapes used to make Champagne wines
possess characteristics not found anywhere else in the world due to the
particular geography, soil and climate of the Champagne delimited
Champagne wines are produced by natural yeast fermentation in the bottle, in accordance with strict criteria laid down in the Champagne regulatory framework covering every aspect of winemaking.
- Just three authorized grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
- Short pruned vines (Cordon de Royat, Chablis and Guyot pruning)
- Capped grape yields per hectare
- Juice extraction strictly limited to 102 litres of must per 160 kilos of grapes
- Minimum annual required alcohol levels by volume
- Dedicated Champagne wine-making and storage premises
- A natural winemaking process known as the ‘Méthode Champenoise’
- A minimum 15 months storage period for bottled wines prior to shipping