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

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  • 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...

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  • 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

  • Sorry folks, been somewhat absent for a while. The CFO and I have been trying ... opened this most excellent champagne this evening.  Bright, crisp, lemon wax, a touch of yeasty bread and a nice clean finish.  Thirty two years and countin Read More

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  • 'Heirloom' in my view covers varieties of vegetables and fruits that ... ... a couple glasses of the champagne, and I'd had the chance to start settling from a stressful day, I told myself to shut up, sat back, and allowed the music to carry me to a different place. Not the same as the same pieces on a percussive piano, or even a deeper cello... Read More

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  • Alan - write to ... turned to hock and Champagne, which are identified with Victoria and even more, Churchill.The one thing we know is that they weren't picky about pairing - that's more of a modern thing and probably even more of an American thing. Back in the day, people drank what they had, or if they were lucky, what they liked Read More

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  • Is the menu at 14:39 what you were referencing? If so, it looks this version of ... see, French wines dominate--Champagne, Cognac, Graves, Hospices de Beaune, Sauternes and St. Emilion--but also includes  Hockheimer, Port and Sherry  .  The only producers that it mentions are Veuve Clicquot and d'Yquem.  It actually looks like a pretty decadent... Read More

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  • Alan, read some P.G. Wodehouse or Agatha Christie novels to get a better feel ... and sweet not dry. As for Champagne, probably a Taittinger or a Bollinger, but most likely some brand that doesn't exist anymore.I agree with the erudite DMCKER about Hugh Johnson, but Michael Broadbent, really? After the 1787 TJ Chateau Lafite Bordeaux debacle? ... Read More

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  • Dionysus and Diego, good to see you back here! Appears we need more such ... ... back room of a friend's champagne bar in Tokyo on a totally impromptu basis (again, back in the '80s). Broadbent impressed with his encyclopaedic memory. Closest I've seen to it is in a famous Japanese somm I know (Shinya Tasaki), though Broadbent was probably bet... Read More

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  • What do you think of Krug Champagne, 1928? One of the best champagne vintages apparently, but would it have been out of reach price-wise in 1939? Read More

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  • Talking of old Champagne houses I do remember that when Chuchill died in 1965 Madame Pol Roger attended his funeral and the comment was that she was greiving because she had lost her best customer. I do remember his funeral which was televised although I was only a child at the time Read More

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  • For the cocktails one useful source could be the Savoy Cocktail Book. Imagine ... by deciding on a particular champagne brand, and sticking with it from NV through to the tete de cuvee. Not sure of the exact timing, but doubt that Pol Roger's back then was called 'Winston Churchill.'Greg makes several good points, such as using economic survey... Read More

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