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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Bollinger

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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Understand your frustration when you say "I feel this train of thought is ... producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta.Indeed' this can be clearly seen when we publish the results of 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World and while a Champagne producer comes out on top Cava is up there shouldering with the best.Thanks for keeping th... Read More

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  • Flimsily? The competition has been running since 2011 and you can see the ... ... around the world including Champagne and Franciacorta. Will post when we have the publication read Read More

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  • There's a story about the Champagne - I'll tell you next time I see you. The feds already auctioned off his cars and it's kind of interesting that they're selling the wine. I hope they got Burghound to verify that it's all the real deal!! He can just taste it and tell.Just read "The Billionaire's Vinegar" a few weeks ago. Apparently there are a ... Read More

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  • The link isn't working for me now that I try it again.Anyhow, didn't ... ... and price. Saw more Champagne than I would have guessed, particularly 1999 Crista Read More

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  • Understood about how you're sharpening the focus down on only Cava. Still ... types of wine. Cava is not champagne, and if you want to use those points you give it as a way to push up against champagne, 'disingenuous' is a word that again rushes to the forefront.No one should have anything against wanting to promote Cava. There's a lot of good... Read More

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  • The 50 Great Cava tastings were done blind by a panel of wine experts. Each ... producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta.Happy to give an opinion on any Cavas you may come across in a wine shop provided of course we have tasted i Read More

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  • Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine ... producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta. Thanks to a synergy with online wine retailers, Decántalo bubble fans can benefit from the luxury of having any or all of the 50 Great Cavas delivered at home or at work.50 Great Cavas will be heavily featured at the Internatio... Read More

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  • Taittinger Champagne Brut la Francaise 2012


    The Taittinger NV Champagne has fine mousse, but the bubbles are ephemeral to the point of evanescence. The nose is attractive, with vanilla, brioche and yeast notes and a touch of lemon. On the palate, citrus is dominant (sweetened lemon, perhaps) which overlays some chardonnay green apple. A bit flat. 89 points. Read More

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  • Lots of parties going on...we had an engagement party to attend last night. ... already consumed plenty of champagne and other drinks. What strikes me about the good NZ Pinot's is the broad lines of acid, the freshness definitely superior to CA and most OR Pinot, though without the complexities of Burgundy. This Carrick confirmed all of those ... Read More

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  • A bunch of drinks poured for ourselves and another couple last Friday...Trying ... ... mineral cut, and a "champagne-like" quality in the mouth, good and fresh ripe fruit. Boom! This is exactly what we were looking for, an accessible crowd pleaser with an extra layer or two of easy complexity. This was one of those memorable wine moments, that... 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:

    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 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

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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...

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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?

    Comment by 391515RocketReg 391515 RocketReg

  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa

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