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10 Fabulous Facts about Champagne

‘I drink my champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink when I am,
Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.’ – Lily Bollinger

My trip to Champagne passed by far too quickly but I loved visiting the cellars, tasting the wine and admiring the beautiful landscape of Reims and Epernay. I learnt so much about how champagne is produced, how to taste it properly and tried some perfect food pairings. I just wanted to share a few more of the interesting things that I learnt and discovered since when I was researching my blog posts about Mumm and Perrier-Jouët.

1. A bottle of champagne contains around 49 million bubbles, and the smaller the bubbles the better the quality.DSC_3060
2. Something to aspire to – Marilyn Monroe once took a bath in champagne; 350 bottles of the stuff! A bit of a waste I think, that amount of champagne could have been a great party! DSC_7637
3. The first brut or dry champagne was invented by the house of Perrier-Jouët 1876. The word ‘brut’ means brutal referring to the more bitter taste of the bubbly and the brut was actually created for the British tastes.

4. Resident expert at Maison Mumm, Didier Mariotti told us that champagne can taste different depending on the glass that it is drunk from. Personally I love the look of an elegant coupe glass which was rumoured to be modelled on the shape of Marie Antoinette’s breast.
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5. It is popularly believed that French Benedictine Monk Dom Perignon created champagne, this is actually a myth but the namesake of the now famous super luxury champagne played an important role in refining the production and quality of the champagne.
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6. L’Avenue de Champagne in Epernay is home to famous champagne houses such as Moët and Chandon, Veuve Cliquot and Perrier Jouët. The famous road is said to be the world’s most expensive streets, and I could see why when I saw the millions of bottles of bubbly stored underground.
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7. Sabrage is a technique for opening a bottle using a saber, and is often done at ceremonial occasions. We found out that a champagne bottle can also be opened using a glass. One of the bloggers on the trip was able to do this just by holding the bottle at the right angle and applying the glass to the right place sending the top of the bottle flying out of the window.

8. We served Laurent-Perrier at our wedding – partly because it’s our favourite champagne and partly because it is one of the only kosher champagnes. This means that the champagne has been produced under the religious laws of Judaism and it has the kosher seal of approval. Champage Rosé Laurent-Perrier is the world’s most expensive kosher champagne. 0429_DSC_94469. Winston Chruchill famously proclaimed that the four essentials in life were ‘hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.’ Every morning at 11am the great British prime minister had a glass of Pol Roger poured for him and apparently he drank 42,000 bottles in his lifetime.

10. Veuve Cliquot is one of the most innovative champagne brands; the house revolutionised the extraction of yeast and invented the riddling method I described in my trip to Mumm. It was also the first champagne house to produce rosé by adding red wine during the production process.

  • Oh how I love champagne!

  • What a fun post! I feel like I know a lot more about champagne now at least. Kinda makes me want to have a glass 😛

    – LS
    http://www.sephira.dk

  • Imagine a bath of champagne! As for the coupe glasses, I like the way they look but they let the bubbles escape too quickly – the traditional glass holds the bubbles for much longer

    • They are really pretty, I guess I drink it too quickly before the bubbles can escape!

  • Agreed – a bath is a bit of a waste 😉 xx

  • Wow, this is really interesting, I didn’t know this much about champagne. I really love the Lilly Bollinger quote you opened with…words to live by!

  • Scientific Beauty

    As a Champagne enthusiast I really enjoyed this post, it’s great to know more about my favourite drink! Your trip to Champagne region looks incredible, I would love to go myself!
    Sophie x
    http://www.thescientificbeauty.com

  • Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill are complete bosses. The end! And I had no idea LP was Kosher (or there even was such a thing)! Nice post 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Aren’t they the best. Probably good people to invite to a dinner party. Thanks for reading lovely.

  • jaklien

    I went to Champagne two years ago and loved it! Learned so much about how it is produced and drank more of it of course. 🙂

    • Isn’t it great? I’d been to sparkling wine vineyards but this was my first time in Champagne.

  • Didn’t realise LP was one of the few Kosher champagnes! Loved this post Angie! And again, you made a gorgeous bride 🙂

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

  • 350 BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE IN A BATH?! How wrinkled and prune-y would that make a person?! Not for me, I’d much rather have that stuff IN me than me in it. I had no idea Laurent Perrier is kosher – guess I know what I’ll be gifting you if I end up as your Secret Santa 😉 x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Apparently it keeps your skin youthful – surely there are keeper ways to do that? I love the idea of champagne secret Santa!

  • Charlie Elliott

    I’m off to watch videos of people opening Champagne with a glass on YouTube, I’m intrigued!
    Cx

  • Wow! I’m a fountain of knowledge now, I’m out for drinks tonight and I’m definitely going to impress everyone with some of these fizz facts!

  • Wow such interesting facts about champagne that I never knew! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

  • The Reader’s Tales

    Another lovely post Angie ; -) Also I love those happy faces…such a pleasant couple. Tchim Tchim très chère

  • Lots of interesting facts here! Especially the one about Marilyn Monroe’s bath – that’s a new one for me!

  • Ellie Adams

    As soon as I saw the title I knew this post would be for me 😉 Fab facts hun but I won’t lie, I completely forgot about them as soon as I saw your gorgeous wedding photo, so stunning!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Thank you Elle, that’s so sweet and means a lot for me to hear it.

  • Fascinating post! So many things I didn’t know about champagne! I really want to visit L’Avenue de Champagne, it sounds like my kind of place! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

    • It really is the best Avenue in the world! For me better than a street lined with shops.

  • This was such a good read Angie! 49m bubbles in a bottle… who knew?! xxx

  • LOVE these facts – I have to say that I adore drinking champagne from a coupe glass – it’s just so much more elegant..
    Ps a Champagne bath!? #lifegoals

  • Whilst I love the sound of bathing in champagne I think I’d rather drink it… in fact I should take up Churchills glass a day!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

  • Nice roundup! 🙂 Champagne is a fascinating drink as well as being one of the most delicious 🙂

  • How wonderful and what a great chance to actually take a trip to Champagne and see the cellars!

  • Amanda Louisa

    My favourite type of conversation! Such an interesting post x

  • What a happy coincidence that the only kosher champagne just happens to be Laurent Perrier! 😉

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

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