A Guide to Pairing Champagne Styles with Your Successes this Summer

A Guide to Pairing Champagne Styles with Your Successes this Summer

Champagne has always been synonymous with celebration and is the perfect accompaniment to marking life’s wins – big or small. From receiving exam results to graduating from university, accepting a job offer or getting promoted, Champagne should undoubtedly be the drink of choice when celebrating these successes.

With exam season upon us, many will already be thinking ahead to the moment they receive those long-awaited results and can finally celebrate their hard work and achievements.

As such, The Champagne Bureau UK* has highlighted how you can enjoy Champagne during these moments and the history of where it all started.

How Champagne Quickly Became Associated with Life Achievements
Two full glasses on a granite tableThe Kingdom of France was born with Clovis’ baptism in Reims, a city in the Champagne region, where wine from the region became closely associated with the king and with nobility before later becoming known as the wine of coronation and the “the wine of Kings and the King of wines”. From 898 to 1825, France’s Kings would be crowned in Reims.

Champagne wines were said to flow freely at all the coronation banquets. Highly prized for their taste and finesse, it soon became customary to gift and enjoy these wines with any royalty visiting the region. This is where the legendary status of Champagne began.

Since then, Champagne has continued to be the wine of choice for special occasions and celebratory moments, including life achievements, pop culture or sporting events. Whether to gift or to treat ourselves for our wins, it is a symbol of positivity, joy and success.

Choosing A Specific Style for Your Celebration
Ideal for celebrating life’s everyday ‘wins’ in the afternoon sun, Champagne Blanc de Blancs is a bright, refreshing wine that is marked by a balance between citrus acidity and light mellowness. The freshness of this versatile wine means that it pairs wonderfully with seafood, particularly sushi and oysters, as the lightness of the Champagne won’t overpower their delicate flavours.

When choosing a Champagne style for the festive season, Champagne Blanc de Noirs generally has greater depth, with notes of white, yellow, red, black, citrus and exotic fruits, as well as floral touches and spices such as cinnamon and cloves.

These rich notes make pairings like steak an excellent choice, and the use of black grapes means that Blanc de Noirs is full-bodied and complements poultry, pork and winter recipes.

Delicious with sweet treats, Champagne Demi-sec to Doux also possesses rich aromas. Its higher sugar content makes this a rounder and more indulgent wine that works as an accompaniment to dessert, particularly fruit-based desserts.

The most popular style and most common in the UK is Brut Champagne. Often presented at events, it contains less than 12 grams of sugar per litre. It is the most versatile of styles and can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a meal.

A row of glasses ready for a graduation celebration

Perfect for the summer graduation season, Champagne Rosé is more varied, ranging in colour from soft to deep pink and from very light to full-bodied, meaning that the aromas produced can either be fresh or more powerful. As such, cheese and charcuterie pair beautifully with Champagne Rosé, thanks to the wine’s fruity notes.

Gifting Champagne in Honour of Success
There is no doubt that Champagne is an exceptional drink; therefore, making it the perfect gift for celebrating the success of loved ones.

For life’s pinnacle moments, such as work milestones and notable birthdays, a Vintage Champagne encapsulates the meaning of luxury. Produced when a harvest reveals a typicity worth preserving, the flavour of a Vintage Champagne reflects the grape from which it was produced to an even greater extent. It is made solely from wines harvested that same year and is known for being full of character.

To the eye, Vintage Champagnes are a golden yellow colour, and on the nose, they possess toasted and roasted notes and complex fruity, floral, and spicy aromas. In terms of pairings, duck served with a plum or berry sauce works wonderfully, whilst white fish, smoked salmon, tuna, and caviar also pair very well.

An alternative gifting option is a Champagne magnum. Magnums have better ageing potential than standard-sized bottles, thereby elevating the taste thanks to the complex, layered profiles that can develop as a result.

*The Champagne Bureau UK is a trade association representing Champagne growers and houses, appointed by the Comité Champagne.

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