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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Piper-Heidsieck

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

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • yes have read a lot about the english bubbly but not seen any in Ozmaybe they will call it Doverpagne Read More

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  • Well Favourite and least favourite daughter are one in the samewell she actually loves champagne and Pinot but this is for 110 of her friends so they will get Sangria to start it will have some orange juice to go wth the oranges, Lemons, Limes and cinnamon and soda water to go with wine and we will do a white one with peaches, pineapple and mint... Read More

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  • YEP!Champagne Tattinger has already bought land in Kent!  Read More

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  • You know that those white cliffs of Dover are the same chalky soil of Champagne? They're making some good stuff in England these days! Great pics. Read More

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  • ABOVE....WISTON, an English sparkling wine, stands tall! Read More

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  • Be sure to check-out the wonderful offerings of ENGLISH SPARKLERS from:HAMBLEDONEXTON PARKRIDGE VIEWNYETIMBERGUSBOURNECAMEL VALLEYCOATES & SEELY WISTON Read More

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  • I love your stories, GREGT!!Talking about Champagne, are you aware of the absolutely delightful sparkling wines of ENGLAND????....yes, I did say-THE UK!!!!Read John Downes, here on SNOOTH....go to Articles!   Read More

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  • Haven't tried it amigo but if you like sparkling wine, that's one of ... ... tasting with folks from Champagne and wines from both places.Prices for some of those on your list are insane. The Dom can be had for under $200. Many years ago my siblings and I wanted to buy our parents something special for their anniversary. I don't think I was a... Read More

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  • The 2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare was recently announced as the Champagne of the decade for all Champagnes made between 2000 and 2009 by Fine Champagne magazine. Over 1000 Champagnes were tasted throughout 2015 and 2016. The top 100 made it into the final which was held in Reims. The Top 5 was as follows.1) 2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare2) 2000 Krug Clos... 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!!!

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