As I’ve mentioned before there is definitely no science in this… It’s just to link people’s wine preferences and their personalities. Time for wine, pairing with personalities…
The Feisty Sophistication: Champagne
First in First out: Let’s have a quick look at Champagne
There are many different sparkling wines produced worldwide, though “Champagne” is registered as a trademark for only the ones from the Champagne region. Thus, the other sparklings produced outside of this most northerly wine region in France cannot use this name.
Champagne, possibly the world’s most distinguished wine, has been always associated with celebration and joy. It is usually made from a blend of hand-picked grapes from various vineyards across the region. The varieties used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Most of the Champagnes are labeled as ‘non-vintage’, varying widely in quality. Though, Champagne from a single year is designated as ‘vintage’, and is produced in lower quantities in only better years. Thus, it is much higher in quality and of course in price. Many Champagne houses also make a prestige cuvée, which can be accepted as the “peak” both in terms of quality and price.
Yet, the profiles also vary extensively: Usually a distinctive toastiness as well as some citrussy freshness. Bright, refreshing and marvelously crisp. For sure, good ones are always stylish and sophisticated with lushly fruit and bready notes.
“C’est la vie!”
Here, the sheer twitchiness meets self-indulgence. It is an unabashed need for looking, feeling and being good. A splendid hedonism. The perception of life is akin to Oscar Wilde’s Aestheticism approach, hoping between the high society “bourgeoisie” class and “bohemian” circles. Yet, people who enjoy Champagne are definitely looking for the absolute fulfillment, including enjoying life to the fullest.
Now, some key facts & figures-
Location: 120 km east of Paris, west of Alsace; along the Marne river
Weather: Continental, cool winter, sunny summer and fall
Soil type: Chalky
Vineyard Area : 35.000 Ha
Production: Around 250 million bottles per year ~ Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Food pairing: Oysters, Caviar, Foie gras, Smoked Salmon
- Coteaux Champenois (traditional red wine)
- Rosé des Riceys (one of the best french rosé)