Champagne Wine

 

Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine region in the world. It is located in northeastern France, near the northern limit for winemaking. The major villages of Champagne are Reims, Epernay, and Ay. The only grapes permitted in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Though there is some dispute on the subject, the process by which Champagne is made, with a secondary fermentation in bottle, is said to have been invented here. The soil is largely chalk, providing the wines with a distinct minerality. The climate is cool and harsh, and the vintages are inconsistent, which gave rise to the practice of blending.

The five major districts of Champagne are: Montagne de Reims (mostly Pinot Noir), Cote des Blancs (Chardonnay), Aube (Pinot Noir), Valee de la Marne (Pinot Meunier), and Cote de Sezanne (Chardonnay).

The region is dominated by Champagne houses, which purchase most of their grapes from growers and blend their wines according to a house style. Their greatest strengths Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Champagne View all

  • Burger Grape

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

  • Bauget-Jouette

    Winegrowers and producers dating back to 1822, five generations of BAUGET-JOUETTE have created an...

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  • Grand Cru Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Paul Clouet 2013

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • Must have made the leftovers makeovers.:-)My most recent wine was an Unsworth ... bottle (with elements of a Champagne bottle as well).  The name of the wine is Charme de l'Ile. - an aptly named bubbly.  I have had it before, so no review this time round, except to say that the effervescence is good, with a nice white fruit and citrus nose and... Read More

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  • G. H. Mumm Champagne Brut Cordon Rouge NV

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    The Cordon Rouge NV for 2018 is slightly brioche on both the nose and palate, ... apple notes. Unquestionably Champagne, but for the price you can find better quality in the New World. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Canard-Duchene Brut Classic NV

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    I bought two half bottles of this from the website ... for £18.Champagne is France's most northely wine appellation from the Department of that name some 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine made by the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary fermentation in the bottle.My bottles come from the small negociant house... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hi champagne lovers I live and work in Champagne with many of the lesser-known champagne makers. I produce videos of them so you can discover more about the people behind the wines and discover something more than just wine reviews. Here are three about Champagne Pierre Gimonnet to start with - copy and past the url into your browser - there ...

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  • THE PICTURE OF THE MAP IT'S WORG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHAmpagne IT'S EST OF PARIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Champagne makes great cocktails. Cocktail recipes using champagne are tasty:http://bit.ly/azdLc5

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  • A very special weekend in Champagne in November. 12th-15th Nov sees the Reims Wine Festival and around this amazing event you can enjoy an exclusive weekend of champagne discovery: dinners, tasting with an MW, vineyard tour with' the locals' and many superb grower champagnes. Only 6 places remaining so please contact jiles@madaboutbubbly.com fo...

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  • yes chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier but in champagen there is also petit meslier, pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbanne and i think another i can t remember it 's fun tasting champagne made from different varietals

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  • Went to visit Arnaud Margaine yesterday in Villers Marmery ( I live in Champagne and Villers Marmery's the next door village ) Had a really interesting tasting of three champagnes Cuvée Traditionelle (90% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Noir ) a Blanc de Blancs zero dosage and a Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2002 The fascinating thing about Villes Marmery is t...

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  • I love it ;)>> been collecting the metal tabs for a while have 90 as of last night ;)

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  • Any thoughts Fellow Snoothers as to why Chamoagne Salon is such a great champagne?

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  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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