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Traditional French champagne has made famous by, among others, one of the most renowned champagne houses in the world: Cattier Champagne. For those of you who love your fizz, you'll know about the stellar reputation of Cattier for producing beautiful champagne. And for those of you who aren't regular bubbly drinkers but are looking for a bottle for a special event, then what better way to celebrate than with a champagne from this most prestigious brand.

Cattier Champagne is seeped in tradition

The Cattier Champagne house production facilities are situated in Chigny les Roses, a small village in the heart of the French Champagne region. It is in the Montagne de Reims area, which is known for its exceptional champagne terroir. The Cattier family have held vineyards in the area where they grow their grapes since 1763, so Cattier Champagne is one of the world's most established champagne brands.

The 20 hectares of Cattier vineyards stretch across the region, and many of them are designated "Premier Cru", meaning that they are considered to be vineyards which produce the highest quality of grapes for use in champagne- or wine-making. This system for the evaluation of vineyards was introduced by the Comité Interprofessional du vin de Champagne and the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine, which are important bodies in the French wine-making establishment.

The secret to balanced, consistent champagnes: Cattier's impressive reserve cellar

The term "reserve" refers to the practise of setting aside a small portion of particularly good champagne from each season. Such champagne is placed into reserve so that it can be used for reference and for blending new champagnes in the future.

The idea is that each year, grape harvests will be slightly different due to changes in the weather and other environmental factors. Therefore, the champagne produced from these grapes will differ between years too. This is generally a good thing, as it allows for variation in champagnes of different vintages, with new and unique flavours each time.

However, champagne houses wish to ensure some degree of consistency in the flavour of their champagnes, also known as their house style. Therefore, they use reserve champagnes to blend with batches of new vintages each year. The flavours of the champagne can be tweaked using this method so that although different vintages will have a different drinking experience, they are still linked by a familiar set of flavours which the house is associated with.

Cattier stands out for having one of the largest and most impressive collection of reserve wines of any champagne house. This allows them to very carefully modify and adapt the vintages which they produce every single year, so that each one has that distinctive, crisp Cattier flavour and mouthfeel. That's why they are able to produce such quality champagnes in a consistent way.

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