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...

  • 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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

  • Montaudon

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rose Champagne

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    Pleasant cranberry and cherry fruit aromas with dried clay and light savory biscuit notes. Creamy mouthfeel with tart fruit and fresh refreshing acidity, raspberry cherry and cranberry fruit, a pop of zesty spice and a burst of acidity on the mid palate yield to a finish of toast and smoke, mixed berry and grapefruit.93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • DMCKER - thanks for responding! Yea, researching online hasn't turned up ... a good example is, why did Champagne settle on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as their base grapes when they had other varietals to work with like Pinot Muenier or Petite Arbanne, etc.? I found an interesting article pointing me in the right direction and was hoping to fin... Read More

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  • G.H. Mumm 'Grand Cordon' Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by freerangeathlete


  • There are so many great Vintage wines present in Napa Valley, which are ... ... wine has been made famous by Champagne for over 250 years. To make traditional method Vintage wine, it is first fermented in tanks or barrels, and then transferred to the bottle. Then, a tirage is added (sugar and yeast) to each bottle, and a bottle cap is placed o... Read More

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  • BLM, am guessing there were a few Pats fans in the crowd? The kind who ... (or ... (or garnacha or riesling or champagne or craft beer or...) in a pinch.  ; Read More

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  • Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night ... night ... us two glasses of champagne, which we drank at their crowded bar (lots of folks were waiting for rooms).  This morning it was very quiet in the lobby, like night and day!  Anyway, dinner at the nearby steakhouse was tasty, and that got us another free glass... Read More

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  • 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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  • Great news, Paul.Champagne?! 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

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • 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

    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 ;)

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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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