Champagne: A Glass of Pure Joy

If we have learned anything after almost two years of enduring a global pandemic, it’s to celebrate the every day. To recognize the small things. To elevate even the mundane, because we are truly fortunate for all that we have. And when there are actual achievements to commemorate—these become even more spectacular. We just celebrated a year of staying true to our mission, of creating a community of Latinas in Wine, of elevating our voices in an industry that needed to hear us. And our celebration could not have been more perfect than with Taittinger Champagne, which has been described by Vitalie Taittinger—granddaughter of the founder of one of the most historic Champagne houses in the world–as a “glass of pure joy!”

Let’s learn more about what this joyous wine:

What is Champagne?

Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the “Traditional Method” –a process developed in the Champagne region of France, where it’s referred to as the “Méthode Champenoise.” Considered the standard by which all other sparkling wines are judged, most champagnes are blends of varietals–Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier–as well as vintages. Located at the Northern-most limit of vine growing latitude—90 miles northeast of Paris—and where climate is marginal at best, winemakers must blend vintages to allow for consistency in quality and taste.

What Champagne Should I Drink Now?

There are a myriad of Champagnes available on the market from well-known corporate houses to small, grower champagnes. But why not revisit tradition and experience the soul of Champagne with a legacy producer like Taittinger that is both a reflection of the past, but also gazing towards a sustainable future? Their collection of champagnes include:

Brut Réserve: 40 % Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier; using perfectly matured grapes harvested from over 35 different vineyards. This subtle blend results in a light, elegant and balanced champagne.

Prestige Rosé: 15% Pinot Noir, 85% Chardonnay; vibrant, sophisticated, and revealing a delicate balance between freshness, structure, and the ever-present red fruit. A superbly blended rosé, it’s delightfully unique, intense, and shimmery.

Nocturne: 40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; a “sec” champagne perfect to enjoy late in the evening, its delicate aromas of yellow peaches and dried apricots lead to a creamy, smooth, and yet crisp finish.

Chateau de la Marquetterie: 45% Chardonnay, Pinot Noir 55% ; the House’s first “ Champagne de Domaine” made exclusively from grapes grown from the birthplace of the Taittinger family champagne. A full-flavored and harmonious champagne, it’s distinguished by its immense richness and complexity—a true “terroir” wine.

Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs : 100% Chardonnay ; crafted from grapes from the 5 Grand Cru villages on the Cotes de Blancs, this rare, ageworthy vintage 2011 champagne of great minerality and power is the finest example of the Maison Taittinger style

How Should I Enjoy My Champagne? 

Champagne is one of the most versatile wines in the world, pairing perfectly with anything from salty snacks like popcorn to the most haute-cuisine such as grilled lobster tails. The acidity, fine mousse, and yeasty characteristics compliment literally any fare, cleansing your palate with every sip and never overpowering your meal. Also, while it has been the tradition to enjoy Champagne in flutes, let’s learn to drink this most famous wine in standard, stemmed wine glasses. A wine of this caliber and legacy needs to be enjoyed every day and not just for special occasions.

So go ahead and join us–pour yourself a glass of pure joy and celebrate the every day! Salud!