I am back with another weekly wine quiz. Since my first real love of wine was developed with champagne, I have lead numerous bike trips through the region, have more bottles of it in my cellar than I want my wife to know about, I have decided to have another champagne focused question this week.
Most of the big champagne houses produce several different bottlings of champagne. By far the most common is a non-vintage Brut. Simply put, this is the blending of still wines from (at times) several different vintages and numerous vineyards (not to mention three grape varieties). The goal is to produce a final product that is consistent from year to year. In recent years, a few houses have started to put the date the wine was bottled on the wine–for those who don’t, there is little chance the consumer will know just how old the bottle of champagne is. There is enough here for several blog posts and even a book or twelve, so I will move on (for now).
The big houses produce other champagnes as well: vintage (all the wine comes from the same year), blanc de blancs (100% chardonnay), blancs de noirs (a white champagne from only black grapes which is fairly rare in champagne–the juice from wine grapes is clear, it is through fermentation with the skins that wine gets color), demi-sec (a sweeter wine), and sometimes a tête de cuvée (the ‘head blend’ of the head of the class, so to speak). Last week’s quiz was about Dom Pérignon, without a doubt the most widely known tête de cuvée, made by Moët (pronounced ‘mow-ETTE’) et Chandon.
So our question:
Who are the producers of the following Têtes de Cuvées?
- Cuvée Louise
- Comtes de Champagne
- Winston Churchill
- La Grande Dame
Good luck and cheers! (Again, you get nothing if you are right other than my admiration, which ain’t worth much, so don’t get too excited)