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

  • Laurent-Perrier

    Birth The House of Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot and took th...

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Piper-Heidsieck

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Champagne Leclerc Briant Rubis de Noirs Brut Rosé 2001

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    The reddest rose champagne I've ever tried. A real food wine - full bodied, good bubbles, aromas and a taste of red fruits, and a good long finish. A real treat. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Leclerc Briant Cuvee Brut Extra NV

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    Cheap Brut champagne is always a little brutal to my tastes. It’s a decent price, and its from a good, although little known, producer. Very acidic - good as an aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Drappier Champagne Blend Champagne NV

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    Opened to toast for Thanksgiving Dinner. Nose was pineapple rind, orange peel and raw sweet roll dough. Flavor was lovely with lemon, pineapple and marzipan. Not sweet, and not overly dry. Terrific mouth feel. Will be purchasing more of this for sure! [90] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Bollinger Champagne Blend Champagne R.D. Extra Brut 1990

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    Light straw in color with fine bubbles. The nose showed honey, almonds, marzipan, and distinct green apple. Medium acidity it seemed a bit oxidized though not unpleasantly so. Flavors of carmel, apple, yeast and more honey rounded out the palate. I wish there were less of us so that we could have had more! So tasty! So much fun! [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • J. Lassalle Champagne Blend Champagne 1989

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    corked! Ugh! [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Tarlant Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis NV

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    Earthy, mushroom, citrus and apple on the nose to start. Hazelnuts and marzipan showed lightly on palate with more light citrus. Very well balanced and in the end fun to drink. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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