The Anatomy of a Champagne Bottle

How to read a Champagne bottle
Illustration by Eric DeFreitas

Like most of us, the world鈥檚 most famous sparkling wine has had a challenging year. From April to August 2020, Champagne sales were down to the equivalent of $2 billion, with roughly 100 million bottles unsold, according to Forbes.

Fortunately, you don鈥檛 need to be at a lavish party, wedding or anywhere other than your couch to enjoy Champagne. There are quality bottles available at different price points for celebrating holidays, anniversaries or the fact that you have an unopened bag of potato chips all to yourself.

As with many French wines, complex rules govern Champagne production, labeling and packaging. Want to understand why Champagne corks look different from still wine closures, or why there might not be a vintage printed anywhere on the bottle?

Learn how to read a Champagne label and more with this infographic.

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Published on December 10, 2020
Topics: Champagne