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Champagne is the only sparkling wine which comes from the Champagne region of France. This alcoholic drink is produced from the grapes Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay but a tiny amount of pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbane, and petit meslier are vinified as well. Champagne appellation law allows only grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of Champagne.

It is only then that vintage Champagnes develop the complex aromas and flavors that come with slow aging.  Most vintage Champagnes, when stored in a cool place, can age and improve for up to 20 years or more. High acidity and carbon dioxide act as preservatives as it ages in the bottle prior to disgorgement. After disgorgement, Champagne will develop like a still wine. If the quality is high and it is well stored, Champagne is capable of long aging. Slowly but surely, they will begin to deteriorate; further aging does not improve these wines at all. Vintage-dated Champagne or sparkling wine can usually benefit from some bottle-aging, provided the consumer enjoys the older, richer, fatter, less vivacious flavors.

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