Recent discoveries have shown that vines were cultivated in Champagne as early as the first century.
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), France Champagne, lithographic poster, 1891, 57 x 76.5 cm/22.44 x 30.12 in.
Paris, Salle Favart, April 8, 2022. Ader OVV. M. Romand.
The Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715) invented the method of making champagne. As a precursor, he discovered that different wines could complement each other and began putting much thought into carefully blending them. In 1700, a special bottle in thick, strong glass was developed, allowing the little bubbles, which were enjoyed so much by the aristocracy, to remain trapped inside instead of escaping into the atmosphere, as they did from barrels. The consumption of champagne by elites helped to foster its image as a luxury wine. The rest is history: the first merchants set themselves up in Reims, Épernay and Aÿ, and numerous innovations, such as better use of sugar and cooling to block the sediments, gradually made effervescence easier to control.
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