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.
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.
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.
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!
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。
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