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

  • 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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  • Pinot Meunier

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

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

    Champagne Charles de Cazanove is synonymous of Family and dedication and today reveals a unique e...

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

  • Champagne Pannier

    Champagne PANNIER was founded by Louis Eugene Pannier in 1899, in Dizy, next to Epernay. In 1937,...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old NV

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    This NV Veuve Clicquot (2016 release of blend) is a mavelous wine. Lightest yellow in the glass, with continuous effervescence even beyond ten minutes, with toasty perfume of brioche, apple and vanilla, this wine excites: on entry, there is the wonderful prickle of tiny bubbles with deep, buttered toast and sour apple paste on the palate. This... Read More

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  • Moutard Pere and Fils Grande Cuvee Brut NV

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    Th regular offering by Famille Moutard is just peachy (without, of course, ... ... you taste this well-priced Champagne, you get toasted white bread, lemon citrus, and a dollop of vanilla. This is a very good buy in Champagne for the parsimonious among us. 9 Read More

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  • Chateau le Thil Comte Clary Bordeaux Futures 2008

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    Nice Wine Good For Health. Try With https://sheetalkapoor.biz/ Read More

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  • https://reviews4buyers.org/leptitox/LeptitoxThe pair are the first contestants ... celebrated the success with champagne and cake while the episode wrapped.The sisters had been the first contestants in Shark Tank records to acquire funding offers from all 5 panel members.&nbs Read More

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  • And believe it or not, there is wine in south England - the Kentish Downs in ... you ever get there... French Champagne houses are pouring money into certain operations in preparation for the (yes, it is happening!) climate change.As for bicycling, when I lived there, I did not take up the velocipede, but with relatively flat rides and rolling... Read More

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  • Grand Cru Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Paul Clouet 2013

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  • I must apologise for having not noted the vintages and I do not have a copy of ... State visit. Mr Obama got champagne,a grand cru chablis and Domaine Romanee Conti amoung other wines. We all know how he hates being compared with his predecess Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund Read More

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  • I remember this stuff from vacation with my parent in Vermont in the late 70s ... a blend (50/50, I think) of champagne and sparkling burgundy. (I should probably say "burgundy.") Very cold duck was different proportions, though I don't remember if it was more champagne or more burgund 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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  • 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 ;)

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

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  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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