Bubbly is bubbly right? Wrong! Know your bubbles by differentiating between sparkling wine, champagne and Méthode Cap Classique. They are similar, but not quite the same. To the wine connoisseur these are the differences which enhance the flavour of this unique golden liquid.
Firstly, champagne can only be made using grapes grown in Champagne, a north eastern province of France. Regardless of the method used to make it, anything else simply is not champagne. The method used to make the real deal is called Méthode Champenoise and it involves a second bout of fermentation in the actual bottle.
Sparkling wine undergoes a similar process except it has carbon dioxide added later in the process. Connoisseurs may consider this product to be the furthest thing from champagne; however there are some great sparkling wine options on the market these days to rival MCCs. To prove this point we invite you to pop on over to our sparkling wine selection 😉
Méthode Cap Classique
Méthode Cap Classique is the South African version of champagne. MCC is made using the original bottle fermented process used by the French, it is just done locally and not in France. This is about as close as the South African wine industry will get to making champagne, every step of the process aside from the grapes, is the real deal. The quality of our South African grapes coupled with the expertise of our wine makers is such that our MCCs rival some of the best French champagnes. Again, we invite you to have a look at the variety MCCs we have avilable
The best serving temperature for champagne and MCCs alike is between 6 and 8 degrees centigrade. Anything warmer and the liquid gold is likely to prematurely lose its flavour and delicate bubbles.
The better the champagne, the more delicate and small the bubbles, so a long champagne flute is essential in order to minimise your loss of bubbles. To this end it is also of utmost importance to pour your champagne correctly; straight down into the centre of the glass.
All that’s left to do now is impress your wine connoisseur friends with your new knowledge on all things bubbly!