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Did you know that…
1. Champagne only comes from Champagne, France.
2. Cristal Champagne was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia to satisfy his demanding tastes.
3. In the late 19th century, Champagne, the drink of the moment was known as Bubbly, or ‘Champ’ in the fashionable Paris watering-holes on the Grands Boulevards.
4. The British drink more champagne than any other nation except France.
5. The prestige cuvée is an exceptional Champagne that is considered to be the top of a producer's range. Prestige cuvées are made with the grapes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Most times with an even split of the grapes. (50% Pinot Noir & 50% Chardonnay). Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Laurent-Perrier's Grand Siècle, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
6. The Jeroboam, a (3 litre) bottle of champagne is the preferred bottle size used in celebrating Formula 1 Grand Prix victories on the podium.
7. Champagne bottle sizes can vary from just a few centilitres to several litres.
Here are the different bottles sizes that Champagne producers offer (the first two are rarely commercialised – you are more likely to find them on planes, in restaurants and wine cellars):
The quarter: 20cl The half-bottle, or “fillette”: 37.5cl The most well-known and best-selling bottles are as follows: The standard bottle, or “Champenoise”: 75cl Magnum: 1.5L (2 bottles of Champagne) Jeroboam: 3L (4 bottles of Champagne)
The high-capacity bottles are rarer, and some of them, being of considerable size, are made to order for special events. You will find them by going straight to the producers. They are:
Methuselah: 6L (8 bottles of Champagne) Salmanazar: 9L (12 bottles of Champagne) Balthazar: 12L (16 bottles of Champagne) Nebuchadnezzar: 15L (20 bottles of Champagne) Solomon: 18L (24 bottles of Champagne) Sovereign: 26.25L (35 bottles of Champagne) Primat: 27L (36 bottles of Champagne) Melchizedek or Midas: 30L (40 bottles of Champagne)
8. The ideal temperature to serve Champagne is 8-10°C (47-50°F).