Champagne enthusiasts should be aware that this precious beverage requires careful storage to preserve its freshness while avoiding excessive temperatures. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your champagne is perfectly preserved for special occasions.

Champagne, the sparkling drink we love to uncork during celebrations, deserves special attention both in its storage and service. To fully appreciate all its flavors, it is crucial to store and serve it appropriately, always with moderation!

Why not put champagne in the refrigerator?

When purchasing a bottle of champagne, how it is stored is crucial to ensure optimal tasting. The bottle should be kept in a place protected from heat and natural light to preserve its quality and taste.

The ideal storage temperature for champagne is around 10 degrees Celsius. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to place it in the refrigerator. Opening and closing the refrigerator door can damage the bubbles in the drink. If you plan to enjoy the bottle on the same day as the purchase, you can leave it in a cool place for two to three hours maximum. This prevents the taste of champagne from changing or drying out because a dry cork can lead to oxidation and alter the flavor.

To preserve the quality and taste of champagne, it is ideal to cool it to the desired temperature before serving, leaving it in an ice bucket for 30 minutes. It is strongly advised not to put it in the freezer. Once your champagne is stored in this way, it is ready to be served as an aperitif, ready to be enjoyed.

How to drink and serve champagne?

Once your bottle of champagne is nicely chilled, always be cautious when opening it, as the cork can pop out forcefully, risking damage. Remove the foil and metal cage around the bottle, then gently twist the cork. It is better not to pop the cork, but if you want to add some spectacle, the characteristic pop is part of the pleasure of drinking champagne in company.

It is essential to always serve champagne in flutes, as the shape of this glass helps to preserve the bubbles to the maximum. Do not fill the glass completely; pour about a third to maintain freshness longer. Hold the glass by the stem rather than warming it with your hands.

If you keep the bottle open after serving, use an appropriate stopper to preserve the bubbles. Remember that champagne is meant to be savored, so take the time to keep it in your mouth for a few seconds to fully appreciate its aroma. Champagne pairs well with oysters, cheese, strawberries for an aperitif, but it also complements a dinner with fish or meat.

However, always remember that any alcoholic beverage should be consumed in moderation to preserve your health!