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Celebrating a special occasion isn’t the same without a glass – or a bottle – of Champagne. Whether you’re popping a bottle to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, or anything else, Champagne is the perfect way to get things started.
However, this bubbly delight has a far longer history than simply being a celebratory beverage. Dating back to 7000 years ago, authentic, traditional Champagne was first produced in the northeastern region of France. While wine from the Champagne region started out being produced from a pale, pinkish wine – a Pinot Noir – it evolved into a delicious, world-renowned vintage sparkling wine.
In fact, today, only sparkling wine that is produced in the Champagne region of France is legally allowed to be called Champagne – according to European Union appellation law. In the early years, Ruinart, Moët, Veuve Clicquot, and Pommery became some of the most successful producers of Champagne.
In the 1st century CE, Champagne started to come to the Gaul region of France, but it was only really in the 9th century that it really gained popularity in the area. Indeed, by the 17th century, trade fairs in the area had helped to promote the product, ensuring that it was imported to many different foreign markets.
The history of wine is a detailed affair that is well worth exploring. Indeed, the process involved in making the true product is complex, which is why if you’re looking for vintage Champagne, price is an integral factor for buyers. Boasting complex methods and practices, producing vintage sparkling wine requires a lot of hard work and finesse.
If you like a fun tale, the story of Dom Perignon’s so-called accidental discovery of bubbly is sure to amuse you. While it seems to have very little basis, rumour has it that Dom Perignon was a monk who lived and worked at the Abbey of Hautvillers. Legend says that Perignon opened a bottle of wine before it had finished its fermentation process, leading it to pop open a bottle of fizzy deliciousness. Apparently, he went on to give it a taste and it was at that moment that Champagne was born! Unfortunately, there isn’t much to back this story up, so it’ll have to remain a folk story for now.
Whether or not the invention of vintage sparkling wine was accidental, it is still a delicious and much sought-after drink all around the world. If you’d like to buy vintage wines for a celebration or any other kind of occasion, Champagne ought to be at the top of your list.
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