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

  • 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 Meunier

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

  • 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

  • Ruinart

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

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

  • Piper-Heidsieck

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

  • Bollinger

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

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Champagne Henri Delattre Brut Selection NV

    Snoothrank:

    I got given a half-bottle of this by a friend . Champagne is France's most northerly appellation from the Department of that name some 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine made by the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary frmentation in the bottle.It can be white or rose and is made from the chardonnay,pinot noir ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have a little catching up to do.  Saturday we had friends over and ... ... We started with NV Moncuit Champagne that I bought to celebrate being back in the house.  That was a big hit.  Then we put the plum wood on the dying coals from the first fires (it took both grills to do the veggies) and waited for it to come up to full flame.  I jump... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale price, it's good PR for them... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I'll definitely agree the 2000 Margaux was in the early part of its peak, ... on the SOMM Select Ponson Champagne offer today, read more in to it and it's an 80% Pinot Meunier, 10/10 blend but I prefer that to a Chard dominant blend I think, but seems like an interesting mix for a grower champagne.Itching to buy some 2011 Barbaresco and Barolo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Ratafia G Tribaut NV

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... It was made by the Tribaut Champagne House but it is not a traditional sparkling Champagne. It is a blend of the juice of Champagne grapes ie chardonnay,pinot noir and pinot menieur and 20% grape spirit/marc/brandy to give an ABV of 18%.I started it the other evening with a plate of bread and ch... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Going from Bourbon down to Champagne is definitely slimming things down! Good idea for a Mimosa alternative, of which I had a few of Sunday morning. A local gal who flips homes in Venice invited a bunch of us locals and parents of the same pre-school to vote for her interests in flipping. Anyhow, her home was pretty incredible, one of the best I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  •              It's our 35th wedding ... ... ... "Brut Premier" Champagne  Later tonight a couple NYC transplants are coming over to celebrate "Manhattanhenge 2016"&nbs Read More

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  • Rick, what were some of those takeaways from the judgement of Paris stories?I ... horizontal some day. Some Champagne mixed in as well. Domaine Arlaud seems to be an up and coming Domaine, the prices not to inflated as of yet, at least compared to Dujac and Roumier, and they have some great holdings in Chambolle, Morey, and Gevre Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... your champagne mixer, I've never used anything like that, though I have made plenty of champagne cocktails in my time. I'd also chill it and chill some sparkling wine (both white like blanc de blancs but also maybe even some sparkling shiraz) and pour some of this in a ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello wine drinkers


  • Hello I have some white wine that's 32 years old looks like vinger now ... ... wine in cooking and have a champagne mixer that's 30 years old do I keep that 2 or bin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello wine drinkers


  • 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 ...

    Comment by 825912jiles2 825912 jiles2


  • 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...

    Comment by 199543Piccolo161 199543 Piccolo161


  • 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

    Comment by 199543Piccolo161 199543 Piccolo161


  • 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

    Comment by 392041beauris 392041 beauris


  • 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...

    Comment by 199543Piccolo161 199543 Piccolo161


  • 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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