One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1often as modifier A method of making sparkling wine by allowing the last stage of fermentation to take place in the bottle.
- ‘I have had a soft spot for the fruity, méthode champenoise sparklers from Moët et Chandon's Argentine outpost, Cepas de Mendoza, ever since I fell for ba Brut last summer.’
- ‘The best news at the rock-bottom priced bubbly end is that some Spanish cava or méthode champenoise producers do treat their sparkling wine seriously.’
- ‘It may not seem the right moment to be reaching for the fizz, but for most couples tying the knot without champagne, or at very least a good méthode champenoise sparkler, does not seem quite right.’
- 1.1 Sparkling wine made by the méthode champenoise, especially a kind not made in the Champagne region of France.
- ‘Furthermore Chardonnay, along with Pinot Nior and Pinot Meunier is a grape from which Champagne and méthode champenoise (wine made in the Champagne style but with grapes from a region other than Champagne) can be made.’
French, literally ‘champagne method’.
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