Champagne & Pinot Noir
CHAMPAGNE must come from its eponymous region in the north east of France, which is centered around three main towns: Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ. But you knew that already. What you may be surprised to learn is that ethereal, sparkling Champagne as we know it today is a relatively modern invention. In the 17th and 18th centuries, secondary fermentation — which occurs in the bottle and creates theI'm drink's famous bubbles — wasn’t an intentional winemaking technique, and was considered a nuisance. It was Madame Veuve Clicquot (yes, that Vueve Clicquot) who, in the 19th century, developed techniques to control secondary fermentation and perfect the art of making Champagne.
PINOT NOIR has tannin! Pinot Noir is often noted for its natural ability to be lighter than other red wines and have low tannin. However, a recent tasting of Grand Cru Burgundy showed that Pinot Noir can have a hell of a lot more tannin. ... The tannin adds a longer runway of life for the wines to age.