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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
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Capital: Paris
Dialling Code: +33
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .fr
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean,
Marine West Coast
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-17.00
Major Airports: Biarritz(BIQ),
Bordeaux(BOD),
Dijon(DIJ),
Marseille(MRS),
Nice(NCE),
Paris(CDG),
Toulouse(XYT)

Holiday villa in France & Dom Perignon

The history of Champagne begins with the monk Dom Perignon circa 1700. Today the finest champagne houses in France hold to tradition when making Champagne and can be visited at your leisure when you book a holiday villa in France.

Moet & Chandon cellars
Moet & Chandon cellars

Dom Perignon Champagne is a beverage of celebration, and one you may enjoy when you have booked your holiday villa in France. We drink it today to mark special occasions like weddings and births. The gorgeous little bubbles of Champagne tickle our throats and dizzy our heads.

Discovering Dom Perignon

This sparkling masterpiece was a complete accident. Around 1700 at the Hautvillers Monastery in Reims the monk Dom Perginon failed to complete the fermentation process before bottling his wines to mature over the winter months.

As spring sprung and the temperatures warmed, the fermentation process began in the bottles. Carbon dioxide was trapped and many bottles exploded in the monastery’s wine cellar. Dom Perignon opened a bottle to investigate and drank from it exclaiming, “I’m drinking stars!” And so goes the history of Champagne.

Enjoy the Champagne experience from holiday villas in France

In order to enhance your Champagne experience when you stay in French villas, it is important to understand the fundamental process and terms used in the making of Champagne. Alcoholic fermentation is the process of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide by yeast. Alcohol concentration is kept in check because high levels of alcohol kill yeast, thus, halting fermentation.

Champagne goes one step further with a second fermentation that happens within the bottle. The cuvee is the base grape varietal or varietals used to make Champagne. Most Champagne are mixed. The triage is the mixture of cuvee, sugar and yeast that ferments in the bottle to create carbon dioxide. Knowing these simple terms will help you understand and appreciate your Champagne experience.

Since the bottles are sealed the carbon dioxide can not escape and you are left with the bubbles of Champagne. The best Champagnes are aged at least five years. After aging, the neck of the bottle is frozen, trapping the dead yeast cells. That is removed and the bottles are corked. You can witness this process first hand when you book French villas with VillasPeople.com in the glorious Champagne/Ardenne region of France

Moet Chandon, Louis Roederer & Bollinger

One of the most widely recognised and most highly reputed Champagne houses in France is Moet et Chandon (actually pronounced mo-et) in the charming town of Epernay. Moet et Chandon’s premier Champagne is Dom Perignon, named after Champagne’s accidental founder. The cellars here stretch for 28km underground.

Aside from Moet et Chandon and their Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer produces the cuvee Cristal Champagne and is located in charming Reims. Bollinger is another famous Champagne house in France producing the amazing cuvee Grand Annee and R.D., both enjoyed by James Bond and perhaps by you too from your holiday villa in France.

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