|An English sparkling wine by any other name tastes just as sweet|
(photo by Dave Clements)
Noun. Mid-17th century.
[Champagne, a former province of NE France which now corresponds to the Champagne-Ardenne administrative region.]
1 (A) wine from Champagne, a region (formerly a province) of NE France;
especially (a) naturally sparkling white wine from Champagne or elsewhere;
loosely (a) sparkling white wine; a drink of any of these. M17
2 figurative. Something exhilarating or excellent. L19
3 A pale straw colour. L19
It's rather good - look it up here
Woah, woah, woah, Frenchies! Don't make me go all gangsta coz I don't wanna have to pop a cork in your flask, but you is making beaucoup bills off an English invention. That's right mutha cuvées - Champagne is English. Get over it.
If you're still rather incredulous (my apologies - I can only keep up my faux gangsta speak for so long), then let me drop a few facts. While Dom Pérignon is popularly credited as being the father of champagne, the truth is that it was English scientist Christopher Merret who both first documented the deliberate addition of sugar to produce sparkling wine, and developed the glassware capable of containing the bubbly. At the time Merret was doing this in the 1660s, the French quite literally didn't have the bottle, as their inferior glass was liable to explode under pressure. It was a further two decades before Dom Pérignon laid claim to his champagne producing methods, after he had spent most of his career trying to eliminate bubbles from the process as he had considered them a flaw.
If you're Francophilic filaments are positively phlegmulating at this outrage, do please consider some further reading from the ever-reliable and non-partisan quality periodicals Daily Mail and Daily Express, as well as The Telegraph and Global Post if further evidence is needed.
Lexicolatry (and history, the truth, etc, etc) is on your side
Are you a Franchophile full of sour grapes and sham pain?
(quite possibly the worst joke on Lexicolatry ever)
Are you willing to ferment unrest to take down this brutal Franco-Champagnic tyranny?
(a bit better)
Do please leave your bubbliest, most celebratory comments below.