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Champagne Terroir - it's all just rocks and rain

Terroir - a somewhat ambiguous term but generally should be taken as describing the entirety of a natural environment in which the object is growing. So in our case it’s the climate, soil and geography of the Champagne region and our favourite grapes that grow in it. To give some context into how seriously terroir is taken, Champagne has a history of vine-growing that dates back to the dawn of Christianity and has had the technical boundaries of Champagne and its vineyards defined by France’s appellation system since 1927. Each country has a different way of labelling it’s protected and designated areas, in France they are called Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC. This regulation is designed to preserve and protect...

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Styles of Champagne

If you’ve ever stood in a wine shop and been baffled at the array of confusing words on a champagne label - you’re not alone. Apart from Rosé vs. the regular golden colour, not much else is super obvious. Here we’re going to break it down for you. Using the below information and lots of taste testing (such a chore) you can start to build out what your personal preferences are linked to.   Vintage and Non-VintageVintage - refers to the year in which grapes used in the champagne making were grown and picked. Vintage champagnes must be made only of grapes from a single year named on the label. Vintage champagne is often perceived to be a higher quality...

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