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

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  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Ruinart

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

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • OK, I nominate this thread for the longest animated corpse in Snooth ... a ... a short case of second-tier Champagne, and nothing else I would particularly want to drink...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Eager to learn all about wine


  • I know of a number of people in the craft beer world who are purposely ... ... brew. Substitute at will for champagne on New Year's Eve." In the wine world the economies at most operations may be too severe (e.g. how much you need to charge for a bottle off leveraged land in Napa or someplace similar) to allow such horseplay, but I don't reall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • Roosters Foundation of Orange CountyA charity wine tastingListing Of Wineries ... ... WineryBarrel 27Beau Joie Champagne (VIP Area)Boisset Family Estate WineriesCade WineryCalcareous VineyardCholame VineyardChristian Lazo WinesCornerstone CellarsCougar’s Leap WineryCowboy CanyonCutruzzola VineyardsEstrella Creek WinesGamble Family Vineyards Gi... Read More

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  • Exactly right. Alicante Bouchet or Garnacha Tintorera is probably the best ... ... when the grapes are ripe. Champagne and sparkling grapes are often picked under-ripe, but if allowed to ripen, they would be sweet too.All wine is NOT dry white wine. Wine is only dry when fermented dry and that's a decision of the winemaker. I'd be more careful... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All Wine is Dry White Wine.


  • Champagne Pertois Moriset Grand Cru 2000

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    A very interesting champagne recommended by the folks at total wine. Smooth texture with moderately sized bubbles and lots of yeast. TONS of cream, probably too much which made this less appealing. Also hints of orange and some spice. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • I came across Snooth when searching for stockists of a Champagne I tried yesterday by Jean-Paul Deville. What a great find on both counts! I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. I post about wine at Lloyd's Wine Society (@LloydsWineSoc) and personal and business at @louiseohara if anyone would also like to connect with me there. ... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... will never say no to a good champagne or a nice Cava from Spain.  While I don't usually touch chardonnay on the day-to-day, I will occasionally fall in love with a Grgich Hills chard, it's just awesome, or a Kistler with roast chicken when I want to remember what that b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings Snoothlings...


  • I've tasted an entry level Turgy product and really liked it for the money. ... ... was the most laser-like Champagne I've had in a long time as far as balance and intensity of fruit are concerned. As it warmed in the glass a generous array of stone fruits emerged with really beautiful flowers. Really first rate, not soft and soda-ish like Dom... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne seach!


  • DSW, I haven't explored a lot of different Champange but have a friend in the business who has and she loves Domaine Ruinart, which probably isn't a small house like you're wanting to find. Somewhat recently I've enjoyed a really nice bottle of '04 Duval-Leroy.But if you're having a difficult time finding the hidden gems, go BIG!  This was a hug... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne seach!


  • Well.. I've already tasted the more common champagne.. like Krug, Moët, Billecart-Salmon and Salon ect.And from the small houses i would like to find some real 'diamond-class' champagne. Purhaps find some known unknown bottels (: 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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