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Top Five Champagnes

What are the 5 best champagnes in the world? Read on.

It’s extraordinary to think that champagne was the result of a happy accident. Champagne was “invented” after all, when monks started bottling wines before their first fermentation, which caused it to be full of delightful but troublesome bubbles.

They were troublesome because the internal pressure sometimes caused the bottles to explode. Now of course, champagne is the most beloved of alcoholic drinks and the prices paid for vintage champagnes prove it.

This champagne was founded in 1776 by Dubois Pere & Fils and taken over by Dubois’ enterprising nephew Louis Roederer, who made the wise move of selling his champagne to the Russian Tsars.

The champagne was named Cristal because, contrary to tradition that dictated dark bottles for wines, this champagne came in a bottle that was crystal clear.

According to another delectable champagne legend, this helped Tsar Nicholas II to see if someone had put poison in his tipple. Given what happened to him and his family later on, poison might have been a mercy.

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Dom Perignon
This is named after the fabled monk who allegedly invented champagne. Dom Perignon actually didn’t invent champagne, but he did contribute to its development. Like Cristal, Dom Perignon’s enjoyment by the royal court, this time in France, added immensely to its prestige. It’s so prestigious, indeed, that it’s simply not produced during substandard years.

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Founded in 1843, Krug is still a family run business, as the family insists that only generations of Krugs can keep up the champagne’s stellar qualities year after year. The bubbly is aged for six years, at least, in 205 liter oak casks in cellars found below Riems, France. This makes Krug the only champagne that is still fermented in oak, which gives it its singular flavor.

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Pommery’s champagne distinguishes itself from others by imatured in crayeres, which are subterranean caves of chalk and limestone the ancient Romans excavated beneath Reims.

These caves, along with the cool but comfortable 50 degrees F temperature at which the bottles are kept, give Pommery champagne its own rich and unique taste.

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Veuve Clicquot
Veuve means widow in French, and the widow of Philippe Clicquot-Muiron’s son was the person who turned champagne into the dazzling and irresistible drink it is today. She was the one who invented remuage, which means that the champagne bottles are turned by hand to help get rid of any sediment.

Another deluxe bubbly out of Riems, Veuve Clicquot also was the first champagne to come in a rosé version. The 1893 bottle found in Torosay Castle in Scotland is so far the oldest bottle known. A visitor can see it at the Veuve Clicquot’s visitor’s center.

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Given such history, there’s only one thing to do. Grab a magnum, pop the cork, and drink a toast to champagne, that most happy accident!

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