Champagne 101: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Champagne
Imagine a drink that embodies celebration, luxury, and history all in one elegant flute. That's champagne, a sparkling wine like no other. In this beginner's guide, we'll embark on a delightful journey through the world of champagne. From its intriguing origins to the meticulous craftsmanship behind each bottle, from the Champagne regions that infuse it with character to the different types that grace your palate, and from the art of serving to the nuances of storing, we'll uncover the secrets of this effervescent elixir.
A Glimpse into Champagne Origins and Craftsmanship
Champagne, often synonymous with celebration, is a wine that exudes elegance and effervescence. Its story dates back to the rolling hills of Champagne, France, where it was created by monks and refined over centuries. Today, it stands as a symbol of luxury and refinement. This tradition of excellence is carried forward with unwavering dedication, ensuring each bottle is a testament to the art of champagne making.
Exploring the Champagne Regions
Champagne regions are the birthplaces of this extraordinary wine. The journey takes place in the Premier Cru village of Avenay Val d'Or in the Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France. It's here, amidst the scenic vineyards and fertile soil, that the magic begins. The unique terroirs of this region impart distinct character and flavor to our champagnes, setting them apart as true works of art.
A Taste for Every Palate
Champagne comes in various styles, each with its own distinct personality. The terminology can be a bit overwhelming for beginners, but fear not. We're here to guide you. "Brut" signifies a dry champagne, while "Brut Nature" is even drier, with minimal added sugar. On the other hand, "Sec" is slightly sweet. Understanding these terms helps you choose the perfect champagne to suit your taste.
Indulge in Excellence: Explore Our Champagnes
At De Watère, we invite you to embark on a transcendent journey through the world of champagne, where every sip tells a story of craftsmanship, passion, and tradition. Our commitment to excellence is unwavering, and it's beautifully reflected in our collection of three exceptional champagnes, each a masterpiece in its own right.
Immerse yourself in the world of passion and romance with our Prestige Brut Rosé de Saignée. Its fiery-pink hue beckons with lively red fruit and syrupy notes, harmonizing with the bold aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries. This Premier Cru Pinot Noir champagne exudes an irresistible sweetness while avoiding bitter tannins. It's the perfect companion for robust dishes, aged for up to 96 months in the hallowed chalk caves.
Transport your senses to the sun-kissed French Riviera with TEN21, a champagne that blends the tangy zest of lemon and cherry trees with the comforting touch of buttery biscuit. Crafted to celebrate a decade of De Watère, it combines Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Cuvée to create an elegantly fine-bubbled masterpiece. With a low Dosage and a maturation process lasting 2 to 3 years in Champagne's chalk caves, TEN21 epitomizes sophistication and freshness.
Take a journey through the French countryside with our award-winning Premier Cru Brut Blanc Champagne. It opens with the crispness of apples and the succulence of plums, enriched by earthy undertones and hints of exotic fruits. This champagne, composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, is presented in a luminous yellow-gold hue with pearlescent sparkle. A low Dosage ensures the purest expression of flavors, making it an ideal companion for delicate canapés or a stand-alone aperitif. Aged for up to 96 months in Champagne's chalk caves, Prestige embodies the essence of nature's bounty.
Serving and Storing Champagne
Serving champagne is an art in itself. The right temperature, glassware, and the gentle pop of the cork are all part of the experience. It's a drink meant to be savored and shared, enhancing special moments and creating memories. Storing champagne, on the other hand, requires a bit of knowledge to maintain its exquisite quality. A cool, dark, and consistent environment is key to preserving the effervescence and flavor.
De Watère - Where Tradition and Innovation Meet
Founded by Martin A. Konorza in 2011, De Watère represents more than just a brand; it's a commitment to discovering the soul of champagne and creating new ways to enjoy it. Our dedication to excellence is guided by the proud Gryphon Theodore, a symbol of tradition and values. We even embraced technology, making TEN21 the first champagne with Augmented Reality on its Special Edition bottles. With De Watère, every sip is a journey, a tribute to the past and a celebration of the present.