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The 10 best champagne cocktail recipes
The 10 best champagne cocktail recipes
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The allure of cocktail champagne spans from the effervescent delight of a Bellini at brunch to the sophisticated sip...

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The world's oldest Champagne: secrets and mysteries revealed
The world's oldest Champagne: secrets and mysteries revealed
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In the world of prestige wines, the oldest Champagnes in the world represent a fascinating category, combining...

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Champagne cork speed: How fast does it jump?
Champagne cork speed: How fast does it jump?
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Opening a bottle of champagne is a symbol of celebration recognised the world over, but few people are aware of the...

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How to enjoy Champagne
How to enjoy Champagne
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Tasting Champagne is like tasting any other wine, except that effervescence has a sound component. Champagne awakens...

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Massal and clonal selections in Champagne
Massal and clonal selections in Champagne
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Thanks to massal selection, which consists of identifying the plants bearing the best fruit, and clonal selection,...

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Geographical location of Champagne

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The production area of the Champagne appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), defined by law in 1927, covers some 34,000 hectares. This region, located in France some 150 kilometers east of Paris, comprises 319 crus (or communes) spread across five départements: Marne (67%), Aube (23%), Aisne (9%), Haute-Marne and Seine-et-Marne.

The Champagne vineyards are divided into four main regions: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs and Côte des Bar. It comprises some 281,000 parcels, each with an average surface area of 12 ares. Historically, 17 villages have received the "grand cru" designation and 44 villages have received the "premier cru" designation. The three key elements of the Champagne terroir - climate, soil and subsoil, and relief - form a unique combination, a mosaic of micro-terroirs with unique characteristics. The expertise of Champagne's 15,000 winegrowers makes the most of these characteristics.

THE CHAMPAGNE REGION

Champagne vineyards are planted between 90 and 300 meters above sea level. It is a hillside vineyard, mostly facing south, southeast and east, with an average slope of 12%, and some slopes reaching almost 60%. The Champagne terroir is sufficiently steep and undulating to allow good insolation of the vines, and its slope facilitates drainage of excess water.