Champagne is a type of sparkling wine whose red pinot noir grapes and green chardonnay grapes come from the Champagne region of France.
Best Food and Champagne Pairings
Because the taste of champagne can vary so much based on the grapes used, secondary fermentation process and the champagne’s age or exposure to light over time, champagne can quite successfully be paired with an array of foods.
MV Moet & Chandon Imperial and Oyster
For instance, MV Moet & Chandon Imperial is more of a sweet champagne that has elements of apple and pear. This can, therefore, make a good pairing with an evening dinner of oyster or other kind of salty seafood.
NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve and Grilled Chicken
To illustrate the point that the fruitiness or nuttiness of a particular type of champagne largely dictates the food pairing, consider NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve. This champagne has more of a smooth, creamy taste and goes best with grilled chicken with a zesty sauce.
As with all champagnes, MV Moet & Chandon Imperial included, you will always want to store your champagne in a relatively cool area that has some protection from bright light.
This is why the idea of a wine cellar really makes sense – it’s a cool and dark and perfect for storing champagne or sparkling wine. Keeping your sparkling wine or champagne in this kind of environment ensures that the carbonation and fizzy from secondary fermentation stays part of the champagne.
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee and Deviled Eggs
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee is another fairly affordable champagne whose taste and smoothness dictates a bold food pairing. That is, NV Bollinger Special Cuvee is a rich champagne with a smooth finish and therefore goes best with a punchy food pairing. Many recommend coupling NV Bollinger Special Cuvee with deviled eggs and a spicy sauce of your choosing.
Champagne’s Aging Process
The champagne you eventually sip has spent many years aging in a wine cellar. The process of actually aging the champagne is largely over by the time you pick it up at the store. Once you make the purchase and get ready to enjoy your champagne, the name of the game is really maintaining the natural fizziness and taste.
To best achieve this, store your champagne in a cool, dry place that has some protection from light. A wine cellar that stays at around 45 to 55 degrees is ideal. Under these conditions you could expect a brut to last as much as five years and a cuvee to last perhaps ten years. If you don’t have the benefit of a wine cellar, you can pull off similar results by storing your wine in a cool place that’s relatively cool and not prone to large temperature fluctuations (e.g., a cabinet in a lower floor).
In lieu of storing champagne, you might just want to enjoy it near the time of purchase. Especially if the champagne is vintage, it’s already been aged and ready to be paired with your favorite dishes.
More Champagne Food Pairing Ideas
Speaking of high-end champagnes, a lot of people want to know what goes best with Don Perignon. Don Perignon is a smooth, vintage champagne that comes from Moet & Chandon. Due to the smooth finish and hints of fruity flavors like apricot, Don Perignon is best paired with seafood such as smoked trout and some kind of nutty flavor like toast.
The vintage and taste of the champagne largely dictates the food pairing. That said, store your champagne intelligently to get the most out of it. Or just enjoy it right away!