Top 10 Sweet Champagne

This ‘Top 10 Sweet Champagne’ chart is a curated list from our community. The chart will be renewed every month. You can experience the different champagnes and learn more inside the champagne app. The selecting criteria for this ‘Top 10 Sweet Champagne’ chart are those champagnes, which have received the most member tastings – Updated on January 26, 2019.

What is sweet champagne?

One way of describing champagne is by its level of sweetness. Immediately after disgorgement, the champagne is filled with a ‘dosage’ or ‘liqueur d’expédition’ that is a mix of sugar and wine. Sweet champagne consists of a dosage that has more sugar pr. liter than the traditional sweetness level Brut (Less than 12 grams of sugar pr. liter). The amount of sugar added to the champagne determines whether it’s called; Extra Dry, Sec/Dry, Demi-sec or Doux.

Types of sweet champagne

The four types of sweet champagnes vary in their level of dosage. Below you find them listed in order from the dryest to sweetest.

Extra Dry

(Between 12-17 grams of sugar pr. liter)

Sec/Dry

(Between 17-32 grams of sugar pr. liter)

Demi-sec

(Between 32-50 grams of sugar pr. liter)

Doux

(More than 50 grams of sugar pr. liter)

Sweet champagne and food pairing

Food pairing is an essential and very important element when enjoying champagne. The correct food pairing can broaden the tasting experience, while a wrong pairing can compromise the taste of the champagne.

Sweet champagne goes well with a variety of dishes, especially sweet and savory dishes. It pairs particularly well with most desserts, fruit, and pastries.

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Serving temperature for sweet champagne

Champagne should be chilled before opening, but never cool it in the freezer. The ideal serving temperature that experts and brands recommend, is between 6°C and 9°C. One explanation for this temperature follows from the fact that after pouring the champagne, it will warm a few degrees Celsius in the glass, which makes it reach a more ideal drinking temperature, intern releasing more flavours.

When it comes to serving Sec and Demi-sec, the same temperature applies, and serving these at a lower temperature will eventually reduce the sweet flavours.

The ideal serving temperature for Doux champagne is between 7°C and 10°C. The most famous champagne with this dosage is Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé. One special feature with the Veuve Clicquot Rich series, Moët & Chandon ICE series and the newly released Piper-Heidsieck Riviera is that they are exclusively made with the goal to be enjoyed over ice.

Serving ‘On ICE’

The Champagne Houses behind the ‘On ICE’ champagnes has collaborated with skilled mixologists to select the different ingredients that can be used to enhance the champagne. The ‘On ICE’ champagnes can be served with ingredients such as ginger, lime, mint leaves, celery, pineapple, grapefruit, cucumber, pepper and red fruits like strawberries and raspberries.

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