Champagne is a wine-producing region located in the northeastern part of France, known for its sparkling wines made by the traditional method, which involves a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The Champagne Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) is a designation that indicates that a wine has been produced in the Champagne region and meets certain quality standards set by the AOC regulations.
Champagne wines are made from a blend of three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. The proportion of each grape variety used in the blend can vary, depending on the style of wine being produced. The wines are fermented in the bottle, which gives them their characteristic bubbles and complexity. The wines are aged for several years before being released, which gives them a characteristic complexity and depth of flavour.
Champagne wines pair well with a variety of foods, such as seafood, white meats, and light cheeses, and they are also often consumed as an aperitif. Champagne wines are considered to be among the best sparkling wines in the world and are often associated with celebrations and special occasions. The champagne AOC is divided into 3 levels of quality: non-vintage, vintage and prestige cuvée, depending on the grape selection and the ageing process.