Méthode Champenoise

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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French term for the intricate traditional method described in detail in sparkling winemaking. From 1994 the term was outlawed by eu authorities in favour of one of the following: ‘méthode traditionnelle’; ‘méthode classique’; ‘méthode traditionnelle classique’. English-language equivalents are ‘fermented in this bottle’ and traditional method.