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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 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 Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Ruinart

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • De Cazanove Brut Rose NV

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Krug Brut Vintage 1996

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    Drank in HK Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv


  • So JD - Happy Anniversary.  I'm curious about the connection of the Louis Roederer Champagne house and the vineyards in Anderson Valley, California (which we visited in 2012).  I don't see a reference to the US production on the French web site.  I loved the 2007 Pinot Noir that we tasted at the Roederer Estate Winery.  Also, do you still have t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Emark - nice wines. Monbazillac isn't a region to be sneezed at. It's ... a more expensive wine from Champagne Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Noticed that the other day and had similar thoughts Dave.Duncan, maybe only 1% ... at least from France. Grower Champagne, Loire, Cru Beajolais, and other outskirts of or hidden Burgundy gems as well as some other Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Interesting, I've been traveling a lot for work lately and seeing a variety ... a few surprises beyond the champagne.  First I was surprised by Jordan being first (assuming this is a ranked list), as I haven't seen them a lot, which is ok by me as I'm not a huge fan.  I'm not surprised by the big names that were on there, but more by those that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Top 10 Restaurant WInes


  • Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Champagne Harmonie 2000

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    A little zippy and zesty on the nose. Citrus.Creamy on the palate, fruity but ... ... you.The bubbles in this champagne are fine and delicate, almost dizzying, like that moment when you climb so high up in the branches and look down a giddy thrill!And yet its intense even more than other Jacquinot Champagnes. The concentrated fruit is like ... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • I am surprised to see a Champagne house on the list..Well it's Veuve Clicquot.The others are kind of interesting too. Jordan is actually a decent wine and I'm surprised it made the list. Chat St. Michelle is on there because they actually produce good stuff for really low prices. Caymus, Silver Oak, and Kistler are oak-bombs that people seem to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Top 10 Restaurant WInes


  • Agreed again that Veuve's prestige cuvee  is better than Dom--I ... ... crowd?  Bubbly is still champagne, never mind the Cremant de Bourgogne and it's Freudian issue Read More

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  • 'Branding' as an industry could be said to have started in France, and ... ... and marketing clout of Champagne.Veuve's entry level bubblies have dropped considerably in quality starting roughly a couple of decades ago, so I'm completely in agreement with you there, Fox. Their prestige labels still are drinkable, though, even if their prices ... 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

    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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