What makes Champagne so luxurious? Is it the fine bubbles, the richness, the complexity or the notion that you simply know that it’s special? Through its production alone, Champagne is a much more meticulously-crafted wine than most. For starters, it undergoes two separate fermentations—one in tank, the second in bottle—and is aged for a minimum of three years. This elaborate method is what separates Champagne from your garden variety sparkling wine.
Champagnes run the gamut stylistically—from bone-dry and mineral-laden to voluptuous, full-flavored, and rich.
Since December is an excellent month to enjoy oysters, don’t hesitate to go for a crisp Blanc de Blancs Champagne. And if you’ve got lobster or porchetta in mind, simply pair with an equally rich Champagne for a compelling match.
Looking to impress the savvy bubbly collector in your life? Break out the uber-impressive older vintage bottles we have in our Cool Room.