Champagne, the French Elixir

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

champagne-being-poured

Champagne! Nine letters that give me goose bumps… Like Napoleon, I can’t imagine my life without it, as he once said: “I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate. I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”

It all started with French monk Dom Perignon who discovered Champagne in the 17th century and who, it is claimed, famously declared Come quickly, I am tasting the stars’’.

Madame de Pompadour asserted “Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it”.  Winston Churchill paid the compliment “Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it”. Charles Dickens maintained “Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life”. Coco Chanel confessed “I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not” and Brigitte Bardot averred “Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired”.

Everyone agrees: Champagne is unique.

French nutritionist Yves Calmette loves Champagne and explains that a little bit of what you fancy doesn’t do any harm from time to time…

Read the full article on Champagne in our free magazine The Good Life France, November/December issue

Related Articles

The best boutique French wines in the USA

Nothing beats going to a French vineyard and enjoying a tasting, then taking home some delicious French wine to enjoy at leisure. But it’s not always possible to do that, especially if you’re in the US. Luckily for you, SomMailier wine club brings the very best boutique French wines direct to you. Delivered right to […]

Continue Reading

Visit Ruinart Reims – the oldest Champagne House in the world

Mark Twain, the great American writer was spot on when he claimed: “too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”. Ever since it was “discovered” in France in the 17th century, just about everyone has fallen under the spell of the effervescent wine. It can only be made in Champagne, […]

Continue Reading

La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

La Maison Noilly Prat’s location is superb, next to Étang de Thau, a large lagoon in Marseillan, one of the oldest fishing villages in France. A few weathered bars, bistros and shops line the small multi-hued port. It’s a French Provencal postcard town come to life. The History of Noilly Prat Pascal, our guide, introduced […]

Continue Reading

The fascinating tale of Chartreuse liqueur

Legend has it (and who doesn’t love a good legend) that the only people who know the recipe and ingredients for the famous Chartreuse liqueur are two monks tucked away in a monastery in Voiron, not far from Grenoble. The 400 year old history of Chartreuse liqueur The liqueur (also known as the “Elixir of […]

Continue Reading

Guide to Calvados – the drink and the place

Calvados is both a place and a drink. It is a department that lies in the heart of Normandy and includes amongst its many jewels the pretty harbour town of Honfleur, swanky Deauville, and the port town of Caen, capital of Calvados as well as William the conqueror’s last home town. This area is known […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top