The Champagne Story – A History Of
The name Champagne speaks volumes in itself, Champagne and just Champagne can do this in my opinion. The incredible success of Champagne has resulted that it is a brand in itself, but we must not forget the obvious that it is actually just a type of wine. Not the usual wine of course, but a sparkling wine, and probably the best sparkling wine that exists.
July 4th 2015 was an interesting date in the history of Champagne as this was when “Houses, Hillsides and Champagne Cellars” were included on the world heritage sites of UNESCO.
This meant that the focus was now much less on vineyards but on the actual landscape – now the efforts of the industry had been acknowledged through the distribution and protection of the famous product of Champagne. There are many traditions and also regulations behind every bottle of Champagne with label, and I hope that, like me, you find the story fascinating.
Champagne must be from Champagne.
1927 saw laws passed that ensured that there existed an appellation production area, and this area covered an area of approximately 50,000 acres. Many would-be copy merchants have appeared over the years in an effort to cash in on the popularity of the world’s greatest sparkling wine. For it to be labelled as Champagne the grapes must have been harvested in the area, and produced in the area of France called Champagne.
The Aspects of Champagne
The main vineyard areas of the Champagne territory can be divided into four large regions. The one that is the most northerly is entitled Montagne de Reims, here Pinot Noir grapes make a robust type of fine Champagne. Pinot Meunier is typically grown in the Marne Valley, this brings a real fruitiness to the Champagnes. Just south of Épernay is where we find the Côte des Blancs and this landscape has a very chalky soil which is perfect for Chardonnay.
Champagne Bottle Climate
If we travel a bit further south we find the Côte des Bar – here a slightly warmer climate produces a very light and refreshing Pinot Noir. Further to this, within each of these large areas each terroir has it’s own characteristics, and a fine Champagne is produced with a personality of its own. At Say It With Champers our Premium range is produced in Festigny, so if you buy a personalised bottle of Champagne with label and choose the Premium range, then you will be sampling the family Champagne.
Customised Champagne Composition
Anyone know the difference between Blanc de Noirs and Blanc de Blancs? Blanc de Blancs is made from entirely white grapes, those being Chardonnay – a fairly easy concept for even a novice to understand. Blanc de Noirs is made using black grapes and black grapes only, and these grapes are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
So how does a black grape make a white wine – well the skin is dark but the flesh within then is white. When you buy our premium range you are buying a Champagne that is composed of each of those grape varieties.
Interestingly, out of all the French wines that exist, Champagne is the only one that is made using a mix of different grape types. Rosé Champagne is a different case from this, and there are two main ways to make it. This can be done either by extracting some of the colour from the skin of the grapes, or another way is to mix white wine and red wine that is from the appellation. We don’t currently offer Rosé Champagne as a personalised bottle of Champagne with label, but if you want one let us know and we will do our best to source it for you.
The Champagne method
Champagne from Say It With Champers
So there you have it, that was a summary of the story when you order a bottle of Champagne with personalised label. You can see that it has a very rich history indeed and also why Champagne is a premium product that comes with a similar price tag.
Our lower priced Champagne is neither a cheap Champagne nor an expensive Champagne, but you can rest assured it is a top Champagne brand and if you buy a personalised bottle of Champagne with label we are sure you will love your product.
Customised Champagne Bottle Gifts
In our opinion a personalised Champagen bottle with label makes the perfect gift. Not only does it show that thought has gone into the product, but it is a totally unqiue gift, something that is not available from anywhere else.
A personalised bottle of Champagne with label is particularly special when the event it has been bought for is a life event, like an anniversary or wedding for example. In our opinion, no gift can convey a special message in the same way a personalised Champagne bottle with label can.
Personalised Wedding Champagne
For the last wedding I went to, I gave the happy couple 2 of these, each of them was a personalised bottle of Champagne with label, and I chose two different styles and gave them with a deluxe presentation box with a silk lined interior. They were genuinely impressed with the gift, and to them a personalised Champagne bottle with label serves as a great keepsake for the day.
For example, at my own wedding I received a personalised bottle of Champagne with label and it still hasn’t been opened. In fact I received many personalised bottles of Champagne with label, many of which were drunk, but one remains unopened and will stay unopened.
I have many of the bottles that are opened and drunk of course, but the fact that it is a personalised Champagne bottle with label on, they hold extra value. For this reason, we believe you will never go wrong if you buy a personalised bottle of Champagne with label.