Champagne vs MCC: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Champagne, MCC and sparkling wine?

There’s no denying that a glass of bubbly is one of the best ways to celebrate a special occasion. But should you be calling it Champagne or MCC? Or is it sparkling wine? Perhaps you feel too awkward to ask in the moment, so we’re finally here to give you clarity and answer the questions you’ve been too shy ask.

Sparkling Wine

First things first: let’s talk sparkling wine. Sparkling wine starts off as still wine – it’s made in exactly the same way as that glass of Chardonnay you love after a long day, and the addition of carbon dioxide makes it fizzy. A delicious example is J.C. Le Roux’s range of Vibrazio Sparkling Wines.

Vibrazio Demi Sec In Ice bucket

Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc, Demi-Sec and Demi-Sec Rosé are fresh sparkling wines produced by J.C. Le Roux’s Cellar Master, Elunda Basson – the perfect balance between sweet and serious, with a vibrant finish.

Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc is the driest in the range, with tropical tones such as litchi, pineapple and granadilla. Vibrazio Demi-Sec is off-dry, with hints of pears and litchi. The off-dry Vibrazio Demi-Sec Rosé has a stunning salmon blush and berry, plum and tropical aromas.


Champagne can only be called Champagne if it’s made using grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. It’s made using a second bout of fermentation (after the grape juice has been turned to wine) inside the bottle. This causes the fizz, and no additional carbon dioxide needs to be added.


Méthode Cap Classique is the ‘South African version’ of Champagne. It’s made using the same process as French Champagne – it just can’t carry the same name.

Of course, the most important thing is that it’s all delicious – so cheers to that!

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* This post is sponsored by J.C. Le Roux.