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It's not every day you celebrate your birthday, especially when it's linked to a special date. Champagne can be offered as a gift, or can accompany a birthday meal and surprise your guests. What's certain is that this effervescent beverage really does take pride of place for events big and small. With its fine bubbles, it has the power to make every moment magical and unforgettable.
There's a wide choice of champagne on the market to celebrate a birthday. To help you find the right bottle, we invite you to follow this short guide.
It's often difficult to find the right bottle of champagne for a birthday party. It all depends on the birthday in question. Have you decided to celebrate with your sweetheart or with just a few friends or family members? Or do you want to organize a big birthday party and invite all your friends and acquaintances? The answer to these questions will depend on the number of bottles you need and the budget for your birthday champagne.
The right champagne for a birthday depends on the menu you've chosen for your guests. In this case, it's best to match the bottle of champagne to the meal served, as you would for a wedding. However, you could just as easily opt for a simple aperitif for your birthday instead of a large meal, and find the right champagne to match the buffet. In any case, here are a few suggestions for bottles of champagne suitable for any birthday meal:
- Champagne brut: less sweet, it's perfect for mini pizzas, mini quiches, tarts, savory macaroons, puff pastries... which are often served at birthday parties.
- Rosé champagne: its light note leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. This is the champagne for aperitifs.
- White Champagne: 100% Chardonnay. An excellent choice for a birthday meal. It goes very well with white meats and seafood.
- Champagne made from Pinot Noir: suitable for red meat dishes.
- Sweet champagne: the sweet taste of this vintage is perfect for all desserts.
Want to mark your friend's birthday with an original gift? Choose a bottle of champagne with a personalized label. You can write on it the date of his or her birthday and your feelings for him or her. You can add a more personal touch by adding your photos and a few verses that will remain engraved in his or her memory forever.
Today, many champagne houses offer this kind of bottle personalization service. They write the name of the recipient and all the information you want to appear on the bottle, and some even take care of delivery. So treat yourself or your loved one to a personalized bottle of champagne! It's always more innovative than a box full of chocolates.
Not all bottles of champagne are created equal, whether in terms of price or range. Many people choose champagne according to these criteria to find the best bottle. They believe that the more expensive the champagne, the better it is. This isn't always true, but it's not all bad.
Vintage champagnes such as Dom Pérignon are always in the top rankings of the best champagne bottles of the moment. Its price is around €700. Only connoisseurs are tempted to buy this top-of-the-range champagne. On the other hand, you can find easily affordable, quality champagnes from small producers in the Champagne region.
There's no limit to the number of ideas you can come up with to find the right bottle of champagne for a birthday party. So here are a few more suggestions to make a birthday party with a bottle of champagne in hand even more authentic.
The idea of buying a bottle of champagne that corresponds to your year of birth, or the year of birth of the recipient if you're giving it as a gift, is a superb one. However, there are a few things to bear in mind, as champagne is a delicate wine and needs to be stored with particular care. Champagne is a sparkling wine that can age well, but it must be kept at a temperature no higher than 10°C. The winemaker or wine merchant must also comply with specific treatments relating to the proper care and storage of champagne to preserve its good taste and effervescence.
Decades-old vintages can be found at the major champagne houses, which own great vintages. Their only drawback is that they are expensive. However, you should be aware that it can be quite difficult to find 30- or 40-year-old vintages, because Champagne growers only produce champagnes of this kind in their best years.
You can also offer a bottle of champagne that matches the recipient's personality. It'll be more original and your friend will be sure to appreciate the gesture.
If the recipient is eccentric by nature and always on the lookout for new things, give him or her a gift of a cuvée that is little known to the public, but has a subtle taste. In addition, bottles of champagne from top brands always impress. If you've got the budget, go for it! If you don't, go to an owner-grower and let his choices guide you. You'll not only save money, but you'll also get a great bottle of champagne for your friend's birthday.
A birthday is an opportunity to outdo yourself, to do something extra. So why not buy a bottle of top-of-the-range champagnefor a change? If you can afford it and want to buy it, do so! Your birthday party will be even more sparkling and iconic.
If you've chosen to come direct from the estate to get a good winemaker's champagne, you've done just as well. You'll be able to save a lot of money, because the champagne from an owner-grower will cost much less than that from the vintages of a major Champagne house. And don't worry, it'll taste better too! The choice is entirely yours.
The price of a champagne can vary enormously depending on the brand, the vintage, the rarity of the bottle, and so on. The average price of a quality Brut Champagne is between €20 and €30.
Champagne De Sousa, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Champagne Deutz, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Gosset, Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Rare...
RM: récoltant manipulant, who, using grapes from his own estate, produces and sells champagne under his own brand. NM: négociant manipulant, who buys the grapes to complement his own harvest, makes the champagne on his own premises and markets it.
For an elegant champagne, prefer Chardonnay. For a round, gourmet champagne, prefer Pinot Meunier, and finally, a Pinot Noir-dominant champagne will be appreciated for its power and structure