Champagne - Whats it all about?

by L├ęChash, 12 Feb 2019

Champagne vs sparkling wine

Blanc de noir Blanc de Blanc

Double fermentation

  • Extra Brut - Extra Brut Champagne is made with extremely low levels of sugar, resulting in a bone-dry style with only 0-6 grams of sugar per liter (.6% sugar).
  • Brut - Meaning "dry, raw, unrefined" in French, the Brut style of Champagne tastes quite dry on the palate with sugar levels running in the less than 15 grams per liter range (1.5% sugar).
  • Extra Dry - While the name seems to communicate that this style of Champagne would taste drier than a Brut Champagne, this is not typically the case. Extra Dry is usually slightly sweeter than Brut Champagne with sugar levels falling between 12-20 grams of sugar per liter (1.2-2% sugar).
  • Sec - French for "dry or lean" though the sec styles of Champagne often highlight a slightly sweet taste with sugar staying in the 17-35 gram per liter range (1.7-3.5% sugar).
  • Demi-sec - Literally "half-dry" or semi-sweet in tasting nature, the demi-sec Champagne styles bring 33-50 grams of sugar per liter (3.3-5% sugar).
  • Doux - "Sweet" in French, this Champagne style is quite sweet (and quite rare) spotlighting a whopping 50 grams or more sugar per liter (over 5% sugar). With sugar levels higher than a favorite can of soda, Doux qualifies as dessert.