The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 226, Issue 1, pp 117–156

Effervescence in champagne and sparkling wines: From bubble bursting to droplet evaporation


DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2017-02679-6

Cite this article as:
Séon, T. & Liger-Belair, G. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2017) 226: 117. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2017-02679-6
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Bubble Dynamics in Champagne and Sparkling Wines: Recent Advances and Future Prospects


When a bubble reaches an air-liquid interface, it ruptures, projecting a multitude of tiny droplets in the air. Across the oceans, an estimated 1018 to 1020 bubbles burst every second, and form the so called sea spray, a major player in earth’s climate system. At a smaller scale, in a glass of champagne about a million bubbles nucleate on the wall, rise towards the surface and burst, giving birth to a particular aerosol that holds a concentrate of wine aromas. Based on the model experiment of a single bubble bursting in simple liquids, we depict each step of this effervescence, from bubble bursting to drop evaporation. In particular, we propose simple scaling laws for the jet velocity and the top drop size. We unravel experimentally the intricate roles of bubble shape, capillary waves, gravity, and liquid properties in the jet dynamics and the drop detachment. We demonstrate how damping action of viscosity produces faster and smaller droplets and more generally how liquid properties enable to control the bubble bursting aerosol characteristics. In this context, the particular case of Champagne wine aerosol is studied in details and the key features of this aerosol are identified. We demonstrate that compared to a still wine, champagne fizz drastically enhances the transfer of liquid into the atmosphere. Conditions on bubble radius and wine viscosity that optimize aerosol evaporation are provided. These results pave the way towards the fine tuning of aerosol characteristics and flavor release during sparkling wine tasting, a major issue of the sparkling wine industry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sorbonne Universités, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Mixte de Recherche 7190, Institut Jean Le Rond d’AlembertParisFrance
  2. 2.Équipe Effervescence (GSMA), UMR CNRS 7331, Université de Reims Champagne-ArdenneReimsFrance

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