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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Alfred Gratien

    Alfred Gratien is a Champagne house based in Epernay, France that has been producing since 1864...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

  • 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...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Another lifetime ago I worked at Korbel Champagne as a blending cellar man, filtration guy and for a stint as a brandy rectifier. We had a bottle of Korbel Brut languishing in the cellar so we popped the cork. I continue to be impressed with the consistent quality of their sparkling wine. For the money, I don't think they can be beat. We had gri... Read More

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  • Perhaps not completely different, but different enough. Of the hundreds, ... ... toward the end, kind of like champagne or a sparkling wine. At first, served warm (couldn't wait), I was getting aggressive dry and sweet notes at once. After chilling it down, the wine is starting to drink much better, real nice mineral impressions, the acidity i... Read More

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  • hi againthere will be a new champagne and sparkling wine dinner on May 30more info at www.blaxstawine.se Read More

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  • So the tasting of 2012's continues, of course there were a ton tasted at La ... 20 years old, but grew up in Champagne, his family always in the wine production business. Anyhow, I found this NSG 2012 on the modern side, as expected, but it's one I can appreciate as it isn't too slick or sappy. There are good earth and structural elements in th... Read More

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  • Being from the UK, I bet you've heard about Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy primarily?Even wines with the best reputations you may not like so best to go out and taste all kinds. Read More

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  • No worry DV, did you think I expected you all to ooh and ahh about a Bloomberg ... South England is becoming Champagne North due to global warming is both funny and interesting, depending on who you talk to, maybe both.The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to become popular or commercialized, the investment happ... Read More

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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... make up the soil you find in Champagne, minus the garbage dump. (If you like that of course.) But for centuries, England imported wine. Why? Because they were smart enough to realize that they couldn't make their own. Now, thanks to various reviewers, we should be happ... Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some ... ... bad but not in the league of Champagne. Don't get the hype. Then it was on to a couple of chards.This Evening Land left me wanting something. Namely acidity. Another hyped label that left me torn. Oh well. The Peter Michael hit the spot though. Very well balanced,... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... and more dangerous than the Champagne method or the prosecco method where they just shoot it full of carbon dioxide like soda. Sometimes they sell those wines with crown caps too, just like beer.I don't know that wine in the pic, but a lot of times the wines mad... Read More

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  • my dad was born in sicily  raised in tuscany  still going at 83 he ... wine all different  and champagne  i  pulled out the Petrus only because i saw a episode  on pawn stars that a guy was trying to sell for a few thousand dollars that's when i said no way  what do i have here stored in my wine cellarThanks for the help Pa 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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