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

  • 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...

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Bring it on! What better to overcome forum anemia than actual blood?Well - ... ... no more cuts.If you saber Champagne - make sure everyone is behind you. The cork shoots off with a collar of glass. It's heavy and can knock out some teeth. Although come to think of it, that would make a great pic!BTW - can lobsters pinch off your fingers? Holy... Read More

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  • RCKR - maybe you should just stay inside for a while, I mean, slicing the finger on the champagne bottle and then getting whacked by a falling branch - ouch!RBA, I can relate.  The posting I did on our dinner/drinks with our friends the other night that included the LP Champagne, Scherrer chard and Apsara syrah left out the Valdez chard and the ... Read More

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  • Yes indeed Ruppert-Leroy seems interesting.I don't step out of my comfort ... the wine. I was at a fancy champagne brunch at Westport, also a number of years ago, and liked the bubbly very much but was kind of shocked at the prices they were asking at the time, more than good French. When it cools off and i get some time, I may well try them agai Read More

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  • Oh. In that case, I take it back. Read More

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  • Sabre related accident. Cleaning up after said superbly successful event, an ... an ... improperly gripped champagne bottle slipped between my fingers and bit m Read More

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  • Mark, when talking about the 'other stuff'' was referring to the possibility of what the Japanese call "2nd day drunk", not the quality of sensation the night before.  ;-) Read More

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  • JD- Very cool article, thanks. Many of the 2nd fermentation outside the bottle ... bottle ... The Science of Champagne" by G. Liger-Belair, physics professor at University of Reim Read More

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  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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  • Thanks for the book rec, I'm sure it'd be a good read for me. Have ... ... increasingly interested in Champagne lately. Ruppert-Leroy says they are interested in showcasing the still side of Champagne instead of just bubbles, which I can appreciate (especially in this warmer era we live in), and their vineyard and management practices seem to ... 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 ;)

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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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