A glass of Champagne can create magical moments during celebrations, classy events, or any time you feel like sipping wine. It can turn a gloomy day into a cheerful one.
But with different options available, you may wonder which champagne type suits your mood and palate. Champagne is only one of many types of sparkling wine, but there are different varieties of champagne itself.
As a fizz enthusiast, I understand that not all champagnes taste and kick in the same. To get your best champagne option, consider the dosage and type of grapes used.
Fortunately, I’ve done all the heavy lifting. In this article, I’ll discuss ten types of Champagne to help you choose your favorite type.
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Champagne Brut is the most popular option for wine enthusiasts.
It’s a style of French sparkling wine that’s neither too dry nor too sweet. I like Champagne Brut because it’s a versatile drink suitable for celebrating occasions, gifting, or serving at brunch.
The balanced sugar and ripping acidity make champagne Brut a food-friendly wine.
Brut is crafted from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. It contains a dosage (added sugar) ranging between 0 to 12 grams per liter.
Winemakers use méthode traditionelle to make Brut. The method involves adding yeast and sugar to wine to allow secondary fermentation.
The 12 grams of sugar in Champagne Brut shouldn’t worry you if you prefer low-sugar sparkling wines.
This bubbly will have a pretty dry taste on the palate. You can have your drink in either white or rose style.
Champagne Extra Dry
The name “Extra Dry” should not fool you into believing it’s on the lowest side of the Champagne sweetness scale.
After tasting other types of Champagne, I can attest that Champagne Extra Dry is sweeter than Brut but not sweet like Demi-sec.
Champagne Extra Dry contains a dosage ranging between 12 to 17 grams per liter. It’s made by blending grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
When you sip it, you’ll detect sour and sweeter tastes. The tastes result from combining green fruit, citrus notes, and almond/brioche flavors.
Extra Dry can be used as an aperitif during dinner or special occasions. It pairs well with cheese, butter cream sauce, and seafood.
Champagne Demi-sec is a good choice for sweet wine lovers. It’s the second sweetest bubbly after Doux.
Despite having a sweet taste, I love this Champagne because of its refreshing nature. Demi-sec translates to “semi-dry” or “half-dry” with a higher dosage which ranges between 33 to 50 grams per liter.
This Champagne is a blend of grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These ingredients pack the Champagne with intense fruit flavors.
With its sweet taste and fruit flavors, Demi-sec can be used as a dessert wine, aperitif, or a mimosa cocktail.
A girl’s day out with a glass of mimosa cocktail, which uses Champagne Demi-sec as a base, can capture every lady’s heart. You can pair the Champagne with pasta dishes on a Sunday brunch.
Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Most Champagnes are traditionally made by blending red and white grapes with Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.
However, Champagne Blanc de Blancs is different because winemakers use white grapes only to produce this Champagne. This explains why its name translates to “white of whites.”
Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. The grapes give this Champagne to have a light, fresh flavor.
When sipping Blanc de Blancs, I tend to detect an elegant and pure taste of white grapes.
Any food connoisseur will love this Champagne since it can work perfectly as an aperitif. Champagne can make a perfect pair if you’re preparing delicate dishes such as seafood.
Champagne Blanc de Noirs
Champagne Blanc de Noirs is a perfect choice if you’re looking for white Champagne made from other grapes apart from Chardonnay. The name of this bubbly translates to “white from blacks.”
To produce white wines from red grapes, winemakers press the fruit and remove the dark skins. They are left with clear grape juice that’s taken for fermentation.
The most notable qualities I love about this Champagne are its color and aroma. It has a clear pale color and displays yellow-gold hints, delicate freshness, and a unique fruity aroma.
As the champagne ages, the yellow hints tend to intensify. The fruity aroma and flavor make Blanc de Noirs a perfect drink for any meal.
Champagne Brut Nature
Do you prefer a refreshing drink with little to no sugar? Brut Nature (Brut Zero or non-dosé) is a champagne at its natural or driest state.
It contains a dosage ranging between 0 to 3 grams per liter. When I’m looking for a dry but refreshing glass of Champagne, Brut Nature becomes my go-to bubbly.
The Champagne is made from various grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. These grapes are squeezed, and the juice is fermented without giving it a dosage.
The drink has a higher acidity but leaves a fresh and lively taste on the palate. You can use this Champagne as an aperitif or pair your iodized dishes.
Champagne Doux is the sweetest of all French Sparkling wines. I think this sweet sparkling can be a perfect drink after a hearty meal with family or friends.
The Champagne contains a dosage of 50 grams and above per liter. This amount is the highest level of sugar you’ll find added to Champagne.
Champagne Doux is considered a dessert wine thanks to its sweet taste. It’s made from grapefruits like Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
You can serve this Champagne as a dessert or a sweet aperitif. And as a sweet wine, you can pair the drink with spicy and sweet foods, sauce dishes, or dark chocolate.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find these champagnes nowadays due to the popularity of dry champagnes.
When I’m looking for an excellent alternative to Champagne Extra Dry for a medium sweetness, Champagne Dry is usually my perfect choice.
Unlike Extra Dry, Champagne Dry (Sec) contains a dosage ranging between 17 to 32 grams per liter.
It’s made from grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Noir. The grapes give it a fruity aroma and perfect acidity to pair with other drinks and foods.
Champagne dry has a noticeable dryness you can’t find in other dry varieties.
Its moderate sweetness makes it a perfect drink to pair with sushi, red berries, peach, lemon pie, milk chocolate, and ice cream.
Champagne Rosé has a distinctive tint which makes it appear different from other types of Champagne.
Its slight pink hue ranges from dark red to salmon. The subtle pink color makes some people call it pink Champagne.
Winemakers can mix white with red wine or ferment red grapes with their skins to make Champagne Rosé. The process starts with the Pinot Meunier and Noir grapes.
I love this French sparkling wine because of its unique hue and intense fruity flavor. After tasting Champagne Rosé, it leaves your palate with notes of berries.
This Champagne can be light or fuller-bodied, making it a perfect afternoon drink.
You can successfully pair it with an after-dinner dessert drink or heavier meat dishes.
Champagne Extra Brut
You can reduce sugar intake while enjoying the natural flavors of sparkling wine with Champagne Extra Brut.
It’s one of my perfect Champagne when I want to sip a sparkling wine slightly lower in sugar.
The Champagne contains a dosage ranging between 0 to 6 grams per liter. Like most dry categories, Champagne Brut is made from grapefruits like Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
Extra Brut is a perfect choice for people who believe that too much sweetness in wine overpowers natural flavors.
Its vibrant acidity makes it an ideal match for foods such as raw seafood, oysters, mashed potatoes, and spicy hot curry.