Wine Facts

21 Most Helpful Champagne Descriptors

Sometimes you just need the basics listed out so we wanted to provide 21 of the top descriptors we think everyone should know when drinking Champagne. 

Aroma: Refers to the youthful scents of Champagne.

Bouquet: Champagne’s developed scents.

Blanc de blanc: A Champagne made 100% of Chardonnay Grapes mean. It means white of white.

Blanc de noir: A Champagne made 100% of dark grapes. ( Any combination of Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier). It means white of black.

Brut: Very dry

Dry: The opposite of sweet

Demi-sec: Fairly sweet.

Extra Dry: fairly dry  - not as dry as a brut

Lees: Grape solids and dead yeast cells, which precipitate to the bottom of a wine following fermentation.

Non- vintage: Champagne that is made from a blend of wines from several vintages or years.

Vintage: The exclusive year all grapes in a bottle grew and were harvested.

Crisp: A textural term for Champagne that is high in acidity. Usually light in body and go well with food.

Body: Refers to the way we categorize wine by intensity level from lightest to richest.

Dosage: This sweetness in wine is called residual sugar.

Residual Sugar: Sparkling wines will add a small amount of sugar usually in the form of concentrated grape must, during the last step of wine making. All sparkling wines have sweetness levels indicated on the bottle.

Brut Nature: 0-3 g/l ( no added sugar

Extra Brut: 0-6 g/l

Brut: 0-12 g/l

Extra Dry: 13-17 g/l

Dry:18-32 g/l

 Demi-sec: 33-50 g/l

Doux: over 50 g/l

Depth: Characteristics of Champagne that gives the impression of having underground layers of taste, rather than being flat and one-dimensional.

Delicate: Champagnes that are subtle, refined and light - as opposed to coarse or heavy.

Finish: The final impressions a Champagne gives after you have swallowed it.

Acidity: Is what gives wine its tart and sour taste.

Length: A characteristic of Champagne that gives a sustained sensory impression across the tongue.

Palate: A person's appreciation of taste and flavor.

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