Champagne 101: What to Buy and How to Pop

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Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Champagne Brand Education Manager for Moet & Chandon Belinda Chang discusses how to deconstruct a champagne label. She speaks with Scarlet Fu and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Start by educating us here on the label.

This is the producer, the maison that produces the champagne.

If you look at the bottom of the label, you should be able to find the word brut.

If you like a dry champagne, you will look for that or even up to demi-sec.

You will also find the town where moet and chandon was produced.

This is the name of the blind -- blend.

We use the three major grapes, like most major producers.

You can find certain of those great in some champagnes and others in different kinds.

The rose uses all three grapes and we are adding a bit more pinot noir to give it that color.

You could make a blonde de noir by adding some red grapes.

Now that we have picked out our champagnes and we have looked at the labels, there is a right way to open it and a wrong way.

Do not point it at your friends.

Every bottle of champagne has this pulltab.

We want to remove this foil.

The next thing is to pull down this time and there is a number -- magic number for turning this tab.

Six times.

Some people overdo it or not enough.

You want to loosen this wire cage which is on every bottle of moet et chandon.

Do not shake it.

I notice some people are moving around a little bit.

What you want to do is give it a twist holding the bottom of the bottle and applying pressure on top.


Hold it at 45 degrees so we do not have a fountain of champagne.

It did not make enough of a noise.

I was doing a medium level celebratory pop.

I notice you are not pouring it into champagne flutes.

We want to be able to appreciate the bubbles and the

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