The Champagne designation
Champagne, an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (controlled designation of origin/AOC)
There are several factors that make the Champagne designation unique.
- The first is its terroir. The characteristics of the Champagne terroir cannot be reproduced anywhere but in Champagne: vineyards planted on hillsides, with well-drained soils, slopes that get plenty of sunshine and carefully selected grape varieties for their resistance to the climate.
- The second is the Champagne makers’ skills in terms of blending, which produces balanced wines of unwavering taste and quality. Pressing of black-skinned grapes to make white wine. And, last but not least, expert control of effervescence in the wine.
- The third has to do with the prestige surrounding Champagne: a world-famous name that is immediately associated with partying, celebration and elegance...
Defending the Champagne designation is necessary to protect this common heritage, this terroir, these skills and this legendary name.