Gillie and Marc Wine Collection Champagne Sparkling Wine

“I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it -- unless I'm thirsty.” 
- Lily Bollinger House of Bollinger Champagne

If you are anything like Lily Bollinger and enjoy a glass of bubbles then here are the three golden rules that determine whether sparkling wine can legally be labelled Champagne:

  • Champagne can only be made from fruit grown in the Champagne region of France
  • Champagne can only be made from the following three grape varietals chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Champagne can, for example, be 100% Chardonnay or a blend of Chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir. Blending allows Champagne makes to account for weather and different growing conditions that may otherwise negatively impact their production. (Champagne can also be blended from fruit harvested over three different years/ vintages.)
  • Finally, Champagne must be made in the Méthode Traditionelle, which requires that the wine’s secondary fermentation takes place in the same bottle it will be served from. (This fermentation is when the bubbles are created.)

 Gillie and Marc Wine Collection Champagne Region

 Gillie and Marc Wine Collection Champagne Fermintation

With these three golden rules in mind, you should now be able to make an informed decision when it comes to shopping for sparkling.

Our Adelaide Hills Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot is made by Méthode Traditionelle. Love bubbles? Shop our Sparkling Now

One thing we know for sure if there is definitely something special about sipping on a glass of Champagne...Dom Perignon famously said—"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" so go pop a bottle and enjoy!


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