How should Champagne be stored? When you buy a bottle of champagne, it has already been matured in the cellar so should be drunk within a few years. Your bottle should always be stored in a cool, dark, draft-free place out of direct sunlight. at a constant temperature between 10 and 12 degrees. Store your bottles in «horizontal position» (on its side) to prevent the cork from drying out.
At what temperature should champagne be served ?
Champagne must be drunk at the correct temperature, fresh but not frozen i.e between 9 and 11 degrees. Too cold, it loses its flavor , too hot the foam disappears. The wine must be chilled gradually. The best method is to chill a wine by immersing the bottle in an ice bucket. If necessary, the refrigerator can be used but only the least cold part but never leave a bottle in the freezer or in the ice bin.
How should a bottle of Champagne be opened?
When you want to open a bottle of champagne according to the rules, the cork must not leave the bottle with a bang. Hold the bottle in one hand and, with the other, unwind the wiring that secures the cork. (Support the base of the bottle against your right hip or side). Slowly begin turning the bottle back and forth with your right hand while holding the cork firmly steady with your left. Continue to turn more and increase the distance between your hands, as the cork turns. Slow down toward the end when the cork's almost out, allowing the cork to gently slide out.
Which glass should be used ?
Although pretty, «champagne coupes» are not recommended because they are too flared, let the effervescence escape and accelerate the oxidation. The champagne flute glass is recommended. It preserves the flavor and highlights the champagne foam. If you do not have flutes, a classic shapely glass can also be used. Another tip that should not be overlooked: Wash your flutes out with hot water but no soap so that the foam doesn’t come off.