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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

  • Cattier

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... funny, there's Bordeaux, Champagne, France, Spain, Chianti, Italy . . .Then the French have the subsidies and protections, courtesy of all the other taxpayers. Wasn't the entire purpose of the European Coal and Steel Community pretty much a ploy to get German money ... Read More

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  • Try something like Krug Grande Cuvee in comparison to another tete de cuvee ... of tart, acidic, and lemony Champagnes that don't give me a bit more "oomph". My "house" Champagnes are Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, and Piper Heidsieck.  I do very much enjoy Agrapart's fabulous Sept Crus, a blanc de blancs NV that, in certain d... Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2000

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    This 2000 vintage grand cru releases toast, honey and apple scent on the nose and brings some power to the mouth by virtue of the Pinot Noir component. Lots of brioche, almond and vanilla on the finish. Drink now with light entrees. 89 points. Read More

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  • Hola!Following a recent trip to Epernay and the Mercier House where they have ... was wondering how different champagne would have been before the introduction of stainless steel or concrete vats? I am assuming that the wines were pressed and stored in oak (or wood of some sort) which would presumably had a fairly significant impact on the fin... Read More

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  • Don't know if the OP has even checked back at all on this. But if people ... wine is but an imitation of Champagne, you are partially right. Formal production began only in 1826, and it was indeed a former employee of Veuve Clicquot who was responsible, one Georg Christian Kessler, who transported the concept to Esslingen am Neckar, just outsi... Read More

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  • I just received a gift -- a bottle of Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Brut ... ... know is that JD is a grower champagne.  What does the forum think of it and like about i Read More

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  • "Just like that, he's gone" So are all the guests and most ... stylistically alongside the Champagne. Another wine for another time. Then came some whites. I popped a magnum of '99 Mayacamas Chardonnay that I was wary was going to be OTH and it was singing. Wonderfully fresh citrus, green apple , creamy texture, lifting acid. Cali chard should... Read More

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  • I know this is supposed to be a family forum, but this happened last night. ... ... bottle to open after the Champagne so I reached for this, after about a 30-40 minute decant. Expressive nose of strawberries, stems, and rubber. Flavors repeat on the palate, which is very light on its feet, elegant and wiry. The fruit is very fresh, barely rip... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Alfred NV Champagne Classique Brut  |  6 in stock  |  $34.99 Guado al Tasso 2004 Bolgheri Superiore   |  6 in stock  |  $69.99 Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2001 Macon-Milly-Lamartine   |  2 in stock  |  $24.99 Hospices de Beaune / Gambal 2000 Meursault 1er Cru Genev... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... Cedric 2010 Champagne Infloresence Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine This is an extremely pretty wine with luxurious yet delicate, creamy texture and notes of red and purple fruits on the nose. There's almost a quality of raspberries and cream about the wine in spite of its ... Read More

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  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by 533661luca chevalier 533661 luca chevalier


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

    Comment by 545088Yolan12 545088 Yolan12


  • 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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  • For those who can't get to Champagne, Champagne will now come to you. A unique on-line champagne course brought to you from the heart of Champagne Details at http://bit.ly/MONICApart1

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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 ;)

    Comment by 246424janice4 246424 janice4


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

    Comment by 391515RocketReg 391515 RocketReg


  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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