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Champagne on New Year's drink and aristocrats, and all other

December 22 2009

Champagne - an essential attribute of the festive table. It is drunk by people of different incomes, at weddings, birthdays and of course in the New Year. Besides all the Marquise de Pompadour was known that the sparkling wine allows you to look after the holiday perfect. If you're not a fan of this drink, you might just still came across a fake?

Budget option

Even within the small amount you can buy a good bottle of sparkling wine, if you carefully look closely to the bottle. In addition to labels, consider the cork - it is desirable that it was cork, not plastic, so the wine does not appear an unpleasant sour taste. Prefer dark bottle of bright, sparkling in the light bottles tends to taste bitter.

Pick up the bottle and look at the light - inside there should be no precipitate. But cleavage on the neck - not a marriage, rather the contrary. Damage to the neck give hope that this is done by the traditional Champagne method and were removed from the bottle a temporary plug.

Of the European brands can draw attention to Italy and Spain. European sparkling wines in no way inferior to Russian, with the Grand Prix and gold medals in almost all international competitions. The most prestigious brand of Russian champagne - Abrau Durso. This factory is preparing a classic champagne bottle technology. Two more major manufacturer - MKSHV and Fitch, which offers the famous "Soviet champagne" of all kinds and of Cornet.

On the labels of Russian sparkling wines should seek the company name, category (content of sugar), GOST, beginning with the digits 5116, and the word "vintage."

If there is an inscription "carbonated wine" - before you a cheap analog, which could not withstand the traditional bottle, but simply aerating apparatus. Word "flavor" or "supplement" issued a fake - this sparkling wines do not contain either one or the other.

Dolce vita

Categories of champagne on the sugar content, only six: extra-brut, or ultra-brut (less than 6 grams per liter); brut (less than 15 g / l); extra-sec, or extra-dry (12-20 g / l); sec, or dry (17-35 g / l); demi-sec, or semi-dry (33-55 g / l), doux, or sweet (over 50 g / l).

In Russia traditionally prefer the sweet version - bought it on holiday for more than 50 percent of the population. Similar biases have the Americans and Germans, and the rest of the world loves Brut, contains almost no sugar.

The most expensive collection champagne from all brands - this is the brute. Winemakers believe that the choice of category depends on the frequency of use. Those who bought champagne for the new year and March 8, suitable sweet options to those who drink sparkling wine once a month, it is better to choose a dry, professionals and aristocrats who have the opportunity to enjoy this drink on a daily basis, must pour into glasses exclusively brut.

Dom Perignon: "I'm drinking stars"

The inventor of champagne - the monk Dom Perignon - talked about his brainchild: "I'm drinking stars." To really drink the stars have to spend a considerable amount - the cost of this bottle of champagne from the Champagne region starting from $ 50. Buy this wine is only in specialty stores and, if you're not an expert on sparkling wines, we rely on the reputation of reputable manufacturers.

img style = "float: left;" src = "/ images/article/4/5/9/13459.jpeg? ts = 1261480792" alt = "" width = "284" height = "179" /> The list of proven companies is small, it is easy to remember: Billecart - Salmon («Billecart - Salmon»), Louis Roederer («Louis Roderer»), Charles Heidsieck («Charles Heidsieck»), Veuve Clicquot («Veuve Clicquot»), Moet & Chandon (« Moet & Chandon »), Ruinart (« Ruinart ").

And the most expensive, but most traditional elite champagne, of course, - Dom Perignon («Dom Perignon).

Note the label: it must contain the word champagne, and the designation "NM" (negociant-manipulant) - merchant-winemaker, who is a member of the Institute of merchants Champagne. Still bear a registration number of the firm.

By year exposure

More than 80 percent of all wines are categorized as champagne without the year. Higher class and price costs millezimnoe or vintage champagne. It is made from grapes of one harvest in the most successful years, and kept for at least three years. If you decide to "splurge" on the bottle, the best years for the French champagne are: 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, and the worst - in 1992 and 1993.

However, when buying a drink at this level is best to consult with specialists. Choosing a prestigious or special champagne, professionals can not do without. This class of champagne is made from the best grapes and has a name. Receive a gift of wine is no less of status, rather than a diamond ring.

Bottle Bible

Besides the small bottle and the traditional 750 ml, champagne is poured back in a dozen vessels. The names of containers made of Bible characters - Jeroboam (3 liters), Rehoboam (4.5 liters), Methuselah (6 liters), Shalmaneser (9 liters), Balthazar (12 liters), Nebuchadnezzar (15 liters) and so on. Some experts believe that the most delicious Champagne is bottled in magnum - 1.5 liter bottles.

Elena Chirkova

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