Champagne, the French Elixir

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Wine and Drinks


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

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