Organic Champagne and other Organic Sparkling Wines
It is our Great Pleasure to Introduce you to a wonderful range of Organic Champagne and Sparkling wine.
What is Champagne?
It is a wine region located in Northeastern France.
They produce both still and Sparkling wine.
Only three grapes can be used to make Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
This is where methode champenoise got its name.
This is where the wine undergoes the second fermentation takes place in the bottle.
Decoding the Champagne Label
Dryness to Sweetness Scale
Champagne is separated into six levels based on the residual sugar level.
Extra Brut (Six grams or less of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Brut (Less than twelve grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Extra Dry (Between twelve and seventeen grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Sec (Between seventeen and thirty-two grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Demi Sec (Between thirty-two and fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Doux (Fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Types of Champagne
Most of the Champagne produced is Non-Vintage. This is considered the House style.
The House style is one of the most complex wines made.
It is not only a blend of up to three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
Vintage Dated Champagne is extremely limited.
It is only produced in the finest Vintages.
It is a blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
Prestige Cuvee of Tete du Cuvee
This is the Best of the Best and the Most Expensive bottling of Champagne and extremely limited.
It is Vintage Dated.
Only produced in the finest Vintages.
A blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
It is not only a blend of the Best wines and vineyard sites, but receives additional winemaking attention.
A lower yield of wine per ton of grapes.
Additional barrel fermentation and/or barrel aging.
Longer aging in the bottle before release.
Champagne by the Varietals
Blanc de Blancs
Means “white of whites” and made exclusively from Chardonnay.
Blanc de Noirs
Means “White from Black(s) or a white wine made from Black Grapes. It is made from using both or either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.
Rose Champagne is made exclusively from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier.
The wine is made in one of two ways.
The Saignee method which means you let the dark skins macerate with the juice to extract more color.
Or add a small amount of still wine (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier) to the sparkling wine base.
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What Is Prosecco?
Is an Italian white wine that originates in the village of Prosecco near Trieste.
It is produced in three styles, Sparkling (Spumante), Frizzante (Semi Sparkling) and still.
These local grapes are used to make Prosecco, Glera, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Perera and Verdiso.
Up to 15% of the can be the following grapes varieties can be used, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Bianco (Blanc) and Pinot Grigio.
There are three Quality levels to Prosecco.
The wine can be produced from only 9 provinces around the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia- Giulia region.
There are four dryness levels: Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-Sec.
Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG
The wine can only be produced around the villages of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Treviso province.
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG
This wine can only be produced around the village of Asolo.
There are three dryness levels: Brut, Extra Dry and Dry.
You may ask yourself why Prosecco is so affordable?
Prosecco is made by using the Bulk Charmant method, where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
The more expensive way, the Classic method is where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle requiring more labor.
This is how all Champagne’s and better sparkling wines are made. Some Prosecco producers are exploring this production method.
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What is Cava?
Cava is a Spanish Sparkling wine made in the same style of Champagne. (Method Champanois)
It is made in the Penedes region along Spain’s East Coast along the Mediterranean, near Barcelona.
They make Cava from the following Local Grapes, Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo. All White Grapes.
And the following grapes can be used as well, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Garnacha (Grenache) and Monastrell (Mourvèdre).
There is four styles of Cava and it is based on the dryness level.
Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut and Semi Secco or Extra Dry.
Cava Rose is a dry sparkling wine made from, Pinot Noir, Garnacha (Grenache) and Monastrell (Mourvèdre).
There is an effort underway to push the quality levels higher and compte with Champagne.
By extending the aging process and even Vintage dating some wines.
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What is Cremant?
Cremant is a Sparkling Wine made in France made following the methode champenoise.
It is made in 8 regions, the main four are Alsace. Burgundy, Limoux (Languedoc)and the Loire.
Smaller amounts are made in Bordeaux, De Die, Jura and Savoie
A range are available in the United States mainly from Alsace.
We will be exploring the backroads of France for more.
Cremant d’Alsace can be made in to styles Blanc (White).
The following grapes can be used, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Also a Rose Version is available and is made from Pinot Noir.
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