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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Prosecco

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  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Alan, you appear to be working on an interesting project, and you have posed an ... ... starting point.Regarding Champagne, there are many old houses that I think you can reliably cite, e.g., Bollinger, Krug.,Moet et Chandon, Taittinger, Veuve Clicqot.  Each of these makers offer different bottlings. I am not very knowledgeable in these but, fo... Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... ... Cour) 2015 Fleurie "Champagne" VV From vines averaging 70 years of age in the Dutraives' 1.5 hectare parcel "Champagne." Yields are extremely low, the wine ages in barrels for 12 months, of which one-quarter are new. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe berr... Read More

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  • Greg I agree with you on that fact its just that we seem to have lost people like Napagirl, and others who were quite active but who we rarely hear from Read More

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  • Most wine boards have very small participation by women. In part it's because most wine hounds tend to be men.I don't think there's any animus here or anywhere else, and if anything, this has to be one of the friendliest boards for women. Wish they'd show up more often. Read More

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  • I've been on a couple of these sites that have gone through the same cycle.  It is really important for management to keep things updated and inclusive.  Most die when the last update about a subject they might be interested is 4 yrs old or more.I realize it's free.  But a vital, active forum site is good for business.  This where things start t... Read More

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  • I wonder if Snooth Management actually exist! Read More

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  • Good question, Stephen. We've also lost a lot of ITB contributors, as well as food and service professionals who used to be active here, both male and female, both in the US and in other countries (Europe, the Antipodes).Wonder what Snooth mgmnt would have to say if asked that question? Read More

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  • https://hbr.org/2017/07/a-study-of-the-champagne-industry-shows-that-women-have-stronger-networks-and-profit-from-them?utm_content=buffer04b39&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=bufferInteresting Article on CHampagne Grape pricingAs an aside we seem to be almost totally devoid of female commentaryWHen last active on the forum... Read More

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  • Saturday NightMy brother Paul and his Wife Kate came over from Melbourne - ... ... at our place for Beer and Champagne and some cheese and smoked salmon [plus olives etc]Piper Hiedsieck NV + Guiness Lager for me and Crown Lager for my Paul and LesThe to my favourite Italian Restaurant  - AmbrosinisPaul and Remo have been running the Restaurant... Read More

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