The Backcloth of Success | 成功背後

The Backcloth of Success | 成功背後

Whilst Champagne gained her worldwide fame, the region of Champagne remained little known to the outside world. Indeed, the terroir contributed to a huge part of Champagne’s phenomenal success.

Climate

Located at the North-east of France, vines of Champagne are planted at their cold tolerance. Equally distinguishing, Champagne is gifted with dual climate, comprising of oceanic and continental influences. Oceanic feature brings steady and adequate rainfall whilst continental tendency ensures ideal amount of sunlight. The perfect match of moisture and temperature is a gift to wine making.

Soil

The subsoil in the Champagne region is predominantly limestone including marble and chalk. Back to Chemistry 101, thanks to its porous nature, limestone can retain moisture and provide smooth drainage for the soil through the seasons, contributing to the delicate balance of the grapes’ acidity, ripeness and aroma.

Landscape

Once acclaimed as the “vin de coteaux” (wine of the slopes), Champagne is produced in the Champagne region carpeted with elevated vineyards. Apart from offering effective drainage, more importantly, it creates greater exposure to sunlight. Try placing a piece of paper under a lamp – When you lift one end to make a slope, the brightness intensifies on the paper.

Next time when you lack reasons for toasting, Cheers for the climate, soil and landscape which have nurtured countless exquisite Champagnes!

 

當香檳酒贏盡掌聲,香檳區仍然寂寂無名。然而,此地區對香檳酒的空前成功作出巨大貢獻。

氣候

位於法國東北部,香檳區的葡萄園是在寒冬裡成長。再者,香檳區被賦予雙重氣候,即同時具備海洋及陸地的氣候特質。海洋性氣候為區內帶來穩定而充足的雨量,而陸地的特徵則確保適量的陽光。這水分和溫度的天作之合對釀酒最好不過。

泥土

香檳區的泥土以石灰岩為主,包括大理石和白堊。重溫化學101,多得它的多孔和滲透性質,大理石在一年四季既能鎖住滋潤又可以提供順暢排水渠道,是平衡葡萄的酸性、成熟度及芳香的重要一環。

地形

香檳之所以曾被冠名「斜坡的酒」,是因為香檳區是一排排傾斜的葡萄園。除了提供有效的去水道,更重要的是,斜坡增加接觸陽光的強度。試將紙張放在燈下 – 把其中一邊升起至形成斜坡,灑在紙上的光明顯增強。

當你下一次缺乏乾杯的理由,不妨為這些孕育了無數頂級香檳酒的氣候、泥土和地形而飲杯

 

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