Champagne is a sparkling wine that is harvested in the northeastern part of France also known as the Champagne region.
It is certainly not easy to find your way around the vast jungle of different champagnes - so which one should you choose? It depends on whether you prefer dry, sweet or perhaps somewhere in between. Whether it is dry or sweet depends on the dosage of sugar in the wine - the more added sugar, the sweeter it will be and vice versa.
There is a wide range of flavours, but to make it more clear, we have chosen the 6 most frequent. With this guide, you are well dressed in your search for your future favorite champagne.
Zero dosage / brut nature
This is the crispier Champagne, which is produced with the natural sugar content of the grapes, which often leaves a somewhat dry, but at the same time light and acidic Champagne. Here you often get the "pure" experience from the champagne producer.
Extra Brut
The next category that we want to introduce you to is "very dry champagne", although not nearly as dry as a "zero dosage". Extra brut is for an intense taste experience, where the quality of the grapes and cellar work really come to the fore.
Here we can recommend the unique champagne made from carefully selected reserve wines, Veuve Clicquot extra brut extra old 2. It offers extremely good value for money.
Brut is the French word for dry, so we are again dealing with a dry champagne. It is the classic dry wine and perhaps the most common champagne of them all, which goes well with the vast majority of salty snacks. A large part of the well-known champagnes are "broken".
In the brut category there is a wide range of wonders, each of which is very different.
A champagne that the vast majority of people have tasted or heard of is Möet & Chandon's Brut Impérial.
This is clearly one of the house's recommendations for a brut champagne. It is the perfect welcome drink, with a rich taste that will go down well with the majority of the company. An added bonus with the Moët is that it is at a price range that is easy to carry around. Here you can test a quality champagne and see if Brut is right for you.
Another wonder under the brut category is a bottle from Dom Perignon, namely their Vintage 2013. Here we have a champagne from the top shelf, which cannot be described well enough in text, which really just has to be tried. A champagne bursting with aroma.
A sweeter wine than "Brut", but is still a bit dry.
As it is a sweeter wine, it can be recommended for New Year's Eve with the wreath cake.
Demi Sec
This semi-sweet variant is also ideal for sweet snacks, or for the person who does not like the dry and intense taste.
Here we recommend a Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec, which offers a soft and mild taste experience at the sweet end. This champagne is very suitable for sweet desserts. This could, for example, be a good suggestion for the New Year's champagne together with the wreath cake.
The very sweet wine which can be enjoyed as a dessert.
Due to the very sweet taste, this type can easily be diluted and is particularly good for drinks. You can therefore safely add ice cubes, strawberries or something else fresh to the glass, without the fear that the taste will deteriorate.
Our absolute favorite champagne in this category is a Veuve Clicquot Rich, which lends itself extremely well to being diluted for drinks, or added to various fruits and ice for a more exotic experience. This makes it ideal for the hot summer temperatures.