If, like me, you like your wine as dry as your humour the rising popularity of demi-sec sparkling wines can seem a bit puzzling, but there’s no denying the category’s power in the marketplace. Producers have taken notice and are gamely producing these sweet sparklers—and are battling to keep up with demand. Not that this style is anything new. “Actually the French Champagnes were originally much sweeter than is the case with the dry bruts of today,“The first dry champagne only hit the market halfway through the 19th century. So we aren’t inventing something new, but making a style of bottle-fermented sparkling wine [aka Méthode Cap Classique] that’s been around for centuries. Don’t know your demi from your doux? The term demi-sec refers to a medium-sweet Champagne or sparkling wine. The scale from driest to sweetest is: Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra-Dry (or Extra-Sec), Dry (or Sec), Demi-Sec and Doux.
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