How Is Champagne Made?
The Champagne process is quite complex, time consuming and regulated, all in order to produce high-quality results. The grapes are harvested between August and October, depending on how ripe they are. The harvesting in Champagne is governed by strict rules, and the grapes must be picked by hand, ensuring high quality and ruling out mechanical methods. The grapes are then carefully pressed to ensure that the juice is clear and fresh.
The juice is fermented in a tank or barrel, forming an acidic wine, removing all of the natural sugars and leaving it completely dry. The still wine is then combined (or “blended”) with reserved wines to form the Champagne base – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are mixed together.
The process then moves onto the second fermentation, where yeast and sugar is added before moving the wine into a thick glass bottle and sealing tightly. The bottles are then kept in a cool cellar to allow them to ferment slowly, forming the bubbles and alcohol.
After a few months, the fermentation process is complete, but the Champagne is left to age in the cellar for a few more years to create those complex flavour notes. Then, the dead yeast cells are removed through “riddling”. Finally, the Champagne goes through the disgorgement process, before adding a mixture of white wine, brandy and sugar to adjust the levels of sweetness – this is where the dryness of the Champagne is decided. Finally, the bottle is corked and ready to sell.
Prosecco vs. Champagne – Which Should You Choose?
Ultimately, your choice will come down to taste. With noticable differences in the flavour notes of prosecco vs. Champagne, it’s likely that most people will have a preference of one over the other. But, ultimately, if you’re looking for a more affordable option that still tastes good, prosecco is a great choice.
At SPAR, we have a great selection of prosecco and Champagne on offer – suitable for your future parties, celebrations and general bubbly needs! Our Prosecco Rosé is a particularly popular choice – and the prettiest pink fizz is now stocked in hundreds of selected SPAR stores. Head down to your local SPAR today to pick up yours, ready for your next special occasion (or cosy night in!).
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