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Champagne: All you need to know about France's famed fizz

FRANCE 24's Nadia Charbit takes you to the northern city of Reims - the capital of that much-loved French classic, champagne! You may be surprised to hear that it wasn't always the well-balanced sparkling treat we all know today. We tell you everything you need to know about France's world-famous fizz.


Champagne as we know it only exists since the 19th century. We tell you how the delicious drink evolved from Roman times to the present day.

We also take you inside the world's oldest champagne house, Ruinart, founded in 1729, to find out more about the wine-making process.

Finally, we learn how strict rules control which sparkling wines can be classed as champagne, both in France and abroad.

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