For a reception that receives a lot of people, such as a wedding, it is preferable to opt for a Champagne that is consensus.
Choose a fruity Champagne in the Brut dosage for the reception or the aperitif.
Choose a Demi-Sec or Doux Champagne for dessert.
Avoid Extra-Brut, Brut Nature or Brut Zéro Champagnes.
When to buy Champagne for a wedding?
To avoid a carrier problem or a strike, it is often advisable to receive it one to two weeks before the wedding and to keep it well in the meantime.
The ideal is to receive it a few days before the wedding so that it can rest and store it well while waiting for the big day.
You can anticipate your purchases of Champagne without risk up to a year before the wedding, if it is perfectly preserved/stored.
How many bottles of Champagne for a wedding?
We consider that a bottle for 4 people is needed during the reception or aperitif.
If the meal is entirely in Champagne, it takes 1 bottle for 2 people.
Many parameters vary this figure, such as the number of adults, drinkers or the outside temperature.
Which glass to choose between a flute or a cup?
The Champagne flute (or tulip glass) combines all the advantages for a good tasting of Champagne.
Unfortunately, the cup has no advantage apart from having been molded on the breast of the Marquise de Pompadour (18th century).
When to put Champagne in the refrigerator?
Leave to rest for at least 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator at a temperature between 8 and 10 ° C.
You can store a bottle for several days lying in the refrigerator before opening it.
What is the temperature for serving Champagne?
The ideal temperature for a Champagne before being served is between 8 and 10 ° C.
Place the bottle of Champagne in a refrigerator 3 to 4 hours before serving or use a Champagne bucket filled with 2/3 ice and 1/3 water for 20 to 30 minutes.
Which Champagne should you serve for an aperitif?
For an aperitif, we prefer champagnes with little sweetness, most often a "Brut" dosage is ideal.
If it is tasted in small groups, you can indulge yourself with an "Extra-brut", "Brut Zéro" or "Brut Nature" dosage.
Which Champagne should I serve for dessert?
Very sweet desserts do not pair well with Champagne. But a slightly sweet dessert has no problem if you choose your Champagne well. We will favor sweet champagnes or with a lot of roundness.
A Champagne with a "Demi-Sec" or "Doux" dosage is a very good choice.
A Champagne with an "Extra-Dry" or "Dry" dosage may be suitable with a very light dessert.
An old Millésimé Champagne can go well with a very light dessert.
What is a Blanc de Blancs Champagne?
A Champagne Blanc de Blancs is a Champagne composed only of white grapes, generally Chardonnay but there can also be Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc.
Blanc de Blancs means white wine made from white grapes.
What is a Blanc de Noirs Champagne?
A Champagne Blanc de Noirs is a Champagne composed only of black grapes. Pinot Noir and Meunier are allowed either pure or blended together.
Blanc de Noirs means white wine made from black grapes.
What is a Vintage Champagne?
A Millésimé or Vintage Champagne is a Champagne which is composed only of a single year of harvest unlike other bottles of Champagne which are a blend of several years.
A Champagne is vintage only when it is a beautiful year or a very atypical year.
A Vintage Champagne is aged for a minimum of 36 months in the cellar compared to a minimum of 15 months for a non-vintage Champagne.
What is a Rosé Champagne?
A Champagne Rosé is generally a blend of white wine from Champagne and red wine from Champagne.
There is also the "rosé de saignée" which represents only a tiny part of the Rosé Champagnes. They are obtained by macerating the juices for 8 to 12 hours with the skins of the red grapes.
How to store your Champagne?
For a good conservation, it is necessary:
Be sheltered from light.
Be in the lying position, to prevent the cork from drying out.
Be in an odorless place.
Be at a stable temperature, ideally 13 ° C.
Be in a rather humid place, to prevent the cork from drying out.
Avoid frequent vibrations.
Avoid keeping it for more than 2 years after disgorging.