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Champagne - The Jewel of Sparkling Wines

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Champagne Sell Sheet


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How to read Champagne label


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Selling, serving, reading the label, and storing champagne

Selling Champagne

  1. Know Your Product: Understand the types of champagne you’re selling, including the differences between Non-Vintage, Vintage, Rosé, and Prestige Cuvées.
  2. Target Audience: Identify your target market. Are they connoisseurs, casual drinkers, or buying for a special occasion?
  3. Educate Your Customers: Share the history, production methods, and unique qualities of each champagne.
  4. Tasting Events: Organize champagne tastings to introduce various styles and brands to potential customers.
  5. Upselling: Suggest pairings with food or occasions that might encourage a higher-end purchase.
  6. Presentation: Ensure the champagne is presented elegantly, highlighting its exclusivity and luxury.

Serving Champagne

  1. Proper Temperature: Serve champagne chilled, ideally between 8-10°C (46-50°F).
  2. Glassware: Use tall, narrow flutes or tulip glasses to preserve the bubbles and concentrate the aroma.
  3. Opening the Bottle: Remove the foil and wire cage, hold the cork and twist the bottle to open it with a soft ‘pop’, not a loud bang.
  4. Pouring: Tilt the glass and pour slowly to preserve the bubbles, filling the glass about two-thirds.
  5. Handling the Bottle: Always hold the bottle by the base, not the neck.

Reading a Champagne Label

  1. Producer Name: Identifies the maker or brand.
  2. Champagne Type: Look for terms like ‘Brut’, ‘Demi-Sec’, or ‘Rosé’ which indicate the sweetness level.
  3. Vintage: If present, shows the year the grapes were harvested.
  4. Appellation: Should always say “Champagne”, indicating it’s from the Champagne region of France.
  5. Alcohol Content: Usually expressed as a percentage.
  6. Special Terms: Words like ‘Réserve’ or ‘Prestige Cuvée’ suggest a higher quality or special production method.

Storing Champagne

  1. Cool, Dark Place: Store bottles horizontally in a wine cellar or a cool, dark area at a consistent temperature (10-15°C or 50-59°F).
  2. Avoid Vibration: Keep away from sources of vibration like washing machines or loud speakers.
  3. Humidity: Maintain a moderate humidity level to keep the cork from drying out.
  4. Duration: Non-vintage champagnes are best consumed within 2-3 years of purchase, while vintage champagnes can be stored for 5-10 years or more, depending on the quality.



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