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Wines from the Champagne region were known before medieval times.
Churches owned vineyards and monks produced wine for use in the sacrament of Eucharist.
Most countries allow a vintage wine to include a portion that is not from the labeled vintage.
Variations in a wine's character from year to year can include subtle differences in color, palate, nose, body and development.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - F. WINE is an alcoholic beverage typically made of fermented grape juice.
The natural chemical balance of grapes is such that they can ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes or other nutrients.
Germany did likewise in 2002, although their system has not yet achieved the authority of those of the other countries'.
Spain, Greece and Italy have classifications which are based on a dual system of region of origin and quality of product.
A "vintage wine" is one made from grapes that were all or mostly grown in a particular year, and labeled as such.
Champagne first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings.
Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power.