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

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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...

  • 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 Meunier

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

  • 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

  • Ruinart

    Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Founded by ...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... the ... the wines, also.  Try Champagne with oysters, sometime.  To my way of thinking, the best match for Champagne.  I'm not sure that Champagne beats Muscadet with oysters (again, you chose wisely, there), but it certainly raises the festivity factor.Last night, Peggy and I dr... Read More

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  • Yes, two plates of a dozen each, with 3 selections on each plate.  That ... ...  We should try champagne with oysters.  I know we've had sparkling wines and they work well too.  Below is a picture of the other plate.  It sounds like you and Peggy had a great time too.  Pinot Blanc?  I don't think I have tried that yet.  This is interesting:  ... Read More

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  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about ... ... bubbling up all over France. Champagne is only a drop in the bucket compared to overall production around the country. But they've been superb at branding, more branding and grabbing then directing eyeballs and controlling mind space. Marketing 101 (followed by upper ... Read More

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  • Funny how they just suddenly "bubbled up" to the surface.But all in ... ... than "real" champagne, and had its own PR team. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, unless someone can come up with some winning thread-jacking here.&nbs Read More

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  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s sometimes difficult to hold your tongue. Mainly because Cremant de Bourgogne is made in the very same way as those much more expensive wines produced by our neighbors to the north. A well-made Cremant is a joy. A wine you can pull out for any occasion at a fraction of the price of the mi... Read More

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  • My name is Sue.  I just joined Snooth, so I really don't know much ... and my favorite is a bubbly Champagne wine.  Locally, here in Maryland I love CupCake wines.  Other than that, don't know what else to say, except "HELLO TO ALL WINE LOVERS" Read More

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  • 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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  • 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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