A traditional variety of grape wines used in producing sparkling wine and champagne are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In the early 1600s, the sparkling wine was just an experiment to broaden the choices of consumers but, at the same time offering a new kind of taste on the palate. It was in the 1900s when the sparkling wine became a sensation in France then immediately captivated wine drinkers across America. There are other varieties used in producing sparkling wines, but these two are the most traditional and the most preferred blend around the globe.
The name itself translates to “Pine” and “Black” respectively. It is grown all over the globe but mostly found in areas with colder climates. This grape variety is the most cultivated varietal-plant used for the production of champagne and sparkling wines. Though a common type of grapes found in vineyards, Pinot Noir needs extra attention and nurturing. When it blooms, the grapes are tightly packed in a bunch which could easily allow the spread of illness throughout the harvest. Other than that, its natural compounds yield lower tannin-content and an extract of a lighter color. Thus, it is difficult to track the phase it has undergone, and the aging process might vary from one output to another.
Growing this kind of variety can easily give you easier access to the international market. This variety is a native in the Burgundy Region of France. Chardonnay is easily identified because it is green-skinned with a neutral taste. It is also grown all over the globe, but unlike the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay can withstand higher levels of temperature. Climate can also affect the taste of this variety, if it has grown in a colder area, it can taste like apples and pears, and the acidity in the fruit is noticeable. But, if it is grown in a warmer area, it can produce that familiar citrus flavor.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines
Louis Roederer Cristal “Gold Medallion” Orfevres Brut Millesime, Champagne France
This is a very expensive Champagne from France, and it is around 22 000 USD. Only 400 bottles of this drink are produced, and about 200 are released and sold to the public. Besides the delight in the taste, the bottle also shows the intricacy of lavishness and wealth. The bottle is covered in 24 Carat gold, and each was hand-crafted to its glory. The producer made sure that the wholeness of this product would be described as rich, luxurious, and proud. The Gold Medallion is best paired with seafood and white meat.
Dom Perignon 1973 Plenitude P3 Vintage Champagne
Because of the experiments carried out by the monk, Dom Perignon, the production of sparkling wines and champagnes became possible. Now, we have Dom Perignon Wines that we enjoy in our wine glasses. This specific drink endured a dry season, the harvest was not that good because of the temperature, but nevertheless, the producers of this label, Moet and Chandon created champagne that will perfectly thrill your palates. It is aged no less than ten years to bring out the best complexity in the taste. It is best paired with seafood, shellfish, and white meat.
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne L’Eden Tokyo Edition
A creamy, soft, fruity flavors in the mouth backed with persistent bubbles will surely be an enigma to the mouth. A blend with a perfect balance in complexity that led to awards in an international wine-tasting contest like Decanter Wine Awards of 2018, International Wine and Spirit Competition of 2018 and lastly, Sommelier Wine Awards of 2015. It is packaged in a box designed by the father of digital art, Miguel Chevalier. It shows the wonders of modern and cultural Tokyo from skyscrapers to native flowers of Japan. It is a perfect gift for a special person. It is best paired with white meat and vegetables.
Armand de Brignac Champagne Brut Gold
This drink, In the nose, is rich in red berry aromas and in the mouth a creamy, fruity taste. This drink is aged no less than a year in French oak barrels. It won a silver medal in the Sommelier Wine Awards of 2016, garnered 95 points in the Decanter Magazine in the 2016 November issue and 93 points from the Tasty Panel of 2016. Besides all of that, the producer Armand de Brignac was voted as the top 1 Champagne in a blind tasting contest.
Bollinger RD 2004 Vintage Champagne
This champagne is aged for more than four times the required amount of time for aging to ensure the quality and complexity of the drink. It tastes like candied fruits with spice notes in the end. It garnered an outstanding 96 points from world-class connoisseurs around the globe. It is recommended that the Bollinger RD 2004 is served at a temperature of 8 degree Celsius to experience the full and harmonious flavor in the palate. The Bollinger RD 2004 is best paired with white meat, parmesan, shellfish, and other seafood.