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4 Steps to Taste Champagne Correctly

Sep. 03, 2020

We must be able to see the nuances between white, yellow and pink champagne, and recognize the subtle differences between fruity, spice and floral aromas, as well as the subtle, delicate and powerful aromas-all these different characteristics make us unable to Resist the great charm of champagne wines.

1. Listen

The sound of opening the bottle is the first clue to understanding champagne. The operation of opening the bottle must be slow and strong, and the cork will be pulled out slowly with a sigh or hiss. This is usually just a prelude to the cantata, but soon you will hear a more pleasant and familiar voice.

Listen carefully! You can track the jubilation of bubbles when champagne is poured into the glass, and we can use this sound to evaluate the fineness of the bubbles. One of the key characteristics of champagne is the sound of the liquor when it is poured into the glass.

How to describe the sound of champagne

When the bottle is opened, there will be a cautious cracking sound, and then a continuous and crisp sound. When the wine enters the glass, the wine in the glass will rise with joy and continue to rise with countless bubbles, followed by a hissing sound , This sound sounds like a leaf blowing in the breeze or the rustling of silk, plain cloth and lace...

2. Eye view

The moment it was poured into the glass, it was the most shining moment in the life of champagne. After standing for a while, we can see the transparent, bright and flowing liquid through the wine glass. According to the different depth of yellow, it can be divided into golden, light yellow or golden gray. The human eye can recognize very subtle color differences, and most champagnes look like crystals as clear and translucent-all the qualities can be captured vividly. If a champagne does not seem transparent enough, then people may think it has some problems.

Then there is a wonderful bubble performance-they will rise from the bottom to the surface, exuding infinite charm, the edge of the wine glass looks like a circle of "warning lines". The degree of foaming also indicates the age and style of the wine.

3. Smell the fragrance

The aroma of champagne is very delicate, and the bubbles may hide some delicate floral aromas. Scientists believe that our sense of smell can now distinguish the nuances of different aromas in champagne. Each bottle of champagne has a different fruity, floral, woody and spice flavor.

How to describe the aroma of champagne

The first aroma you smell is like the prelude of an opera, after which the aroma will have a recurring theme. In young dry champagne, the aroma of white flowers is usually a prelude to the aroma of orange peel and wild berries. In the glass, the aroma of champagne will continue to develop. How to describe them mainly depends on how you look at them, whether it is fruity or floral, mature or subtle, you can also choose any other term to describe them.

In order to fully tap the potential aroma of champagne, the wine must be opened for a period of time, then you can first study the appearance of the wine. Once the aroma of champagne "opens up", it will release the "first aroma" or give people an olfactory impression; after that, after a period of time, the wine will appear deeper, more complex, and more refined Two bursts of aroma". The aroma of champagne is a sign of grape variety and grape maturity.

Champagne Ice Bucket

Champagne Ice Bucket

4. Tasting

When tasting champagne, you need to pay special attention to the sensation of the tongue and palate. The moment the wine is imported is the climax of tasting, especially for an experienced wine taster who needs to carefully explore the richness, completeness, sharpness, richness, and perfection. How to define the taste of wine depends to a large extent on your ability to detect its subtle sounds and flavors. Can your taste buds distinguish the taste of citrus and a hint of a ripe pear? Can you say whether the mouthfeel is round or long, lively, or agile? Can you tell if it tastes like ripe red berries, muscat, roasted, or a bit of butter pastry? Is it subtle or super elegant? I hope your taste buds can give specific answers to these questions.

"The mouthfeel should be unexpected but pleasant. The mouth can be deeply attracted to people, and its texture is as soft as velvet. The taste contains potential fruity and lingering aromas, so you can calm down. Quietly meditate, while the aroma in the wine continues until you put down the wine glass. It is still lingering.” said Louis Bor, an explorer in the early 20th century.

LED ice bucket supplier reminds you: Champagne must be iced, but don't over-ice it!

Bubbles are the soul of champagne. You definitely hope that the bubbles will always maintain vitality and vitality throughout the entire drinking process. Maintaining a low temperature is very important for the durability of champagne bubbles.

Many experts have different opinions on the most suitable temperature for drinking champagne, but the recommended temperature can be between 5℃-9℃.

The easiest way to ice it is to put it in the refrigerator compartment of the refrigerator at home, where the temperature is about 8 degrees C, and leave it for two hours, the temperature is very ideal.

Another more commonly used method that is pleasing to the eye and saves time is to prepare a champagne ice bucket, put full ice cubes in it, add some water to increase the contact area with the champagne bottle, and let it stand for about 30 minutes. There will be very good results.

Generally speaking, non-vintage champagne (NV) can be chilled at a lower temperature, while vintage champagne can be slightly higher, which can make the delicate aroma of vintage champagne more bold and charming.

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