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

  • Pinot Meunier

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • Bollinger

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Had a glass of wine from three bottles last night a Cabernet Franc from Abeja ... ... fine did open bottle of champagne with my daughters, but everything worked out, Happy New Years to all Read More

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  • Happy thanksgiving to all. Having a glass of champagne while preparing dinner. RCKR if you are looking at a Coravin they’re %50 off now Read More

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  • Lindemen - bone dry and puckering are not related. Dryness refers to the amount ... an example. With things like Champagne or sparkling wines, people have preferences, some liking a really dry wine and others liking a bit more sugar left in the wine.The Romans wouldn't have made sparkling wine or Lambrusco because there was no way to keep the b... Read More

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  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best ... ... or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux will do nicely for me... even a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rose Champagne

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    Pleasant cranberry and cherry fruit aromas with dried clay and light savory biscuit notes. Creamy mouthfeel with tart fruit and fresh refreshing acidity, raspberry cherry and cranberry fruit, a pop of zesty spice and a burst of acidity on the mid palate yield to a finish of toast and smoke, mixed berry and grapefruit.93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • DMCKER - thanks for responding! Yea, researching online hasn't turned up ... a good example is, why did Champagne settle on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as their base grapes when they had other varietals to work with like Pinot Muenier or Petite Arbanne, etc.? I found an interesting article pointing me in the right direction and was hoping to fin... Read More

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  • G.H. Mumm 'Grand Cordon' Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by freerangeathlete


  • There are so many great Vintage wines present in Napa Valley, which are ... ... wine has been made famous by Champagne for over 250 years. To make traditional method Vintage wine, it is first fermented in tanks or barrels, and then transferred to the bottle. Then, a tirage is added (sugar and yeast) to each bottle, and a bottle cap is placed o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...


  • BLM, am guessing there were a few Pats fans in the crowd? The kind who ... (or ... (or garnacha or riesling or champagne or craft beer or...) in a pinch.  ; Read More

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  • Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night ... night ... us two glasses of champagne, which we drank at their crowded bar (lots of folks were waiting for rooms).  This morning it was very quiet in the lobby, like night and day!  Anyway, dinner at the nearby steakhouse was tasty, and that got us another free glass... Read More

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  • Did visit a Champagne tasting event last night at Gall & Gall Oosterhout NL where our host Nick Stalpers introduced us to Michael Larnaudie and some of the Champagnes of the house Larnaudie-Hirault from Trois-Puits. We tasted some of the different caracters this house has to offer; I was very impressed, first of all about the presentation, but a...

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  • What is really good to eat with vintage moet & chandon?

    Comment by 311424Krazy Charlie 311424 Krazy Charlie


  • i live in champagne and i think that champagne of Aube or Epernay is more good than Champagne of North(reims).To finish you must drink Rosé des riceys ,it's so good

    Comment by 241087pantxi6410 241087 pantxi6410


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