Champagne Region with xtraWinexperience. In February xtraWine and Enos go to France. Therefore, let’s go and discover the culture of wine and a wine culture that has made France one of the most refined producers of a sparkling wine: Champagne.
Let’s delve into the Champagne Region and then introduce a Champagne that will make your day, whichever the occasion! With Valentine’s Day coming, picking the sparkling wine representing class, romance, and poshness was only natural!
xtraWine curiosity corner: Champagne, chalk, sun and climate
Let’s introduce the Champagne region. Let’s start by saying that this is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, located in northeastern France, between the Marne and Aube rivers.
What makes the Champagne region so unique? For starters, the climate. In fact, the climate in the region is continental, with cold winters and warm summers. The second element that makes this region unique is the soil.
In fact, the soil in the region is also rich in chalk. This is important because chalk helps reflect the sun’s rays, allowing the grapes to ripen fully.
Therefore, the combination of the climate and soils in the region creates the perfect conditions for producing high-quality sparkling wines: the Champagne.
Geography of the Champagne Region
The Champagne region is divided into four main areas: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, the Côte des Blancs, and the Côte des Bar.
Each of these areas has its unique terroir, contributing to the flavour profile of the Champagnes produced in that area. For example, the Montagne de Reims is known for producing full-bodied and rich Champagnes, while the Côte des Blancs is known for producing light and fresh Champagnes.
As for grapes, the most commonly used grapes in the Champagne region are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
While Chardonnay is used to produce the white wines in the region and is known for its crisp and refreshing flavour profile, Pinot Noir is used to produce the red wines in the region and is known for its rich and full-bodied flavour profile. Finally, Pinot Meunier is a lesser-known grape but is used to produce sparkling wines that are rich and fruity.
Champagne par excellence: Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012
For our section 52 weeks with 52 wines, we propose Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 .
This Champagne is in fact made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes, making it a well-rounded wine with a crisp and clean flavor profile.
The first thing that stands out about Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 is its beautiful golden color.
It is no mystery that the bubbles are small and consistent, indicating the high quality of the wine. On the nose, it has a delightful aroma of citrus and green apples, with a hint of toast and brioche. On the palate, it is a well-balanced wine, with flavors of citrus and green apples, as well as a hint of honey and brioche. The acidity is perfect, with a good balance of sweetness and dryness, making it a wine that can be enjoyed by all.
When it comes to pairing Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 with food, there are several options to consider.
What to pair Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 with
The first thing to consider is the flavour profile of the wine. Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 is a dry and crisp Champagne, which makes it perfect for pairing with a variety of dishes.
For starters, you could pair this Champagne with seafood, such as oysters or crab. The dryness and acidity of the wine will help to cleanse the palate between bites, making it the perfect pairing for these delicate seafood dishes.
Additionally, the citrus and green apple flavours in the wine will complement the flavours of the seafood, creating a harmonious pairing.
Another great option for pairing Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 is with light and fresh salads. On the one hand, the crisp and clean flavour profile of the wine will complement the light and refreshing flavours of the salad, creating a harmonious pairing. On the other hand instead, the acidity in the wine will also help to balance the flavours of the salad, making it a perfect option for those who are looking for a light and refreshing meal.
Instead, for those who are looking for a more substantial pairing, be sure that this Champagne can be paired with roasted chicken or turkey. The crisp and clean flavor profile of the wine will help to cut through the richness of the meat, making it a perfect pairing for these dishes.
Finally, Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012 can also be paired with desserts, such as fruit tarts or macarons.
Final Recommendations from xtraWine
What else is there to say? Oh well, whether you are looking for a light and refreshing pairing or a more substantial one, this Champagne is sure to impress. So, whether you want to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a glass of Champagne, we recommend Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Brut 2012.