Choosing the Right Champagne

Champagne can be paired with almost anything, just like your regular glass of wine. Choosing Champagne can be tricky if you are not au fait with the different types. We have listed the different types of Champagne and how to pair them with your favourite meal.

Non-Vintage Champagnes

This is a blend of wines from many different years. A classic non-vintage blend is 60% Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier (Champagne’s black grapes) and 40% Chardonnay. Non-Vintage Champagnes are easy on the palate and on the pocket, and so they are perfect when served alongside canapés at a drinks party.

Blanc de Blancs Champagnes

These ‘white of whites’ Champagnes are 100% Chardonnay. They make crisp, lively aperitifs and are excellent with oysters, shellfish and elegantly flavoured white fish. Letting the Champagnes age will add depth to their flavour and will make a perfect accompaniment to creamy sauces and sweet-spiced dishes.

Blanc de Noirs Champagnes

These Champagnes are 100% black grapes (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier). These full-bodied Champagnes can easily stand up to fairly robust dishes such as partridge, veal and pork – so they are great if you’re going to be tucking into game for dinner.

Vintage Champagnes

Vintage Champagnes are only produced in exceptional years and are a blend of wines from the same year. Vintage Champagnes have to be aged in the producer’s cellars for 3 years by law, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. They are complex wines, which can be paired with a wide variety of dishes; however, they are the perfect match for your Christmas turkey or goose.

Non-Vintage Rose Champagnes

These Champagnes are produced either by adding a small portion of red wine to the golden blend or by letting the juice remain in contact with the skin of the grapes for a short time during fermentation. Rose Champagnes, with their berry-scented aperitif, are the perfect way to impress the ladies – they’re also great with prawns, seafood and goat’s cheese.

Vintage Rose Champagnes

Aged Vintage Rose Champagnes have a rich, savoury character that works well with red meats, such as beef, and traditional festive flavours, such as cranberry and red current.

Demi-Sec Champagnes

Demi-secs are a sweeter style of Champagne, which are the perfect end to your meal teamed with your dessert. There is no better way to end off your meal than by popping a bottle of Demi-Sec bubbly!