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Dosage du vin de Champagne

The final touch!

Dosage is the final touch added to the wine before corking. A mixture of cane sugar dissolved in wine, known as "liqueur de dosage", is added: approximately 1cl for a 75cl bottle for a Champagne brut. The quantity of liqueur used will depend on the type of Champagne we are making.

A Champagne doux contains more than 50 grams of sugar per litre, a Champagne demi-sec between 32 and 50 grams per litre, between 17 and 32 grams of sugar per litre for a Champagne sec, 12 and 17 for a Champagne extra dry and less than 12 grams per litre for a Champagne brut.

If there is less than 3 grams of sugar per litre of wine and no extra sugar is added, this is called a Champagne "brut nature". This stage can also play a role in developing the style of the Champagne depending on what we have in mind: if we want to keep as much of the wine’s personality and integrity as possible, a very neutral liqueur will be used. If, on the other hand, we want to elevate the wine with other aromas, a liqueur containing a reserve wine for example, a great Champagne wine set aside for long ageing, will be used.

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