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 Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • 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

  • 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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  • So D - the function is an interesting topic. In fact, it could be an ... was ... was often small and flared. Champagne was served in those wide open bowl-shaped glasses that were supposedly modeled on Marie Antoinette's breasts, and patrons didn't sit at the dinner table sniffing and writing tasting notes or worse, taking pictures of their din... Read More

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  • Joseph Perrier Champagne Blend Champagne Cuvée Royále 2002


    This Joseph Perrier Vintage Brut from the acclaimed 2002 vendage is a bargain; there is a somewhat toastier brioche character on the nose (than the NV) with caramelized sugar and vanilla on the palate. The finish is long and satisfying - calling for more and more refills. Continuous effervescence for 10 minutes and more. Buy these up if you can... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • You can go online to and order heavy duty 12 btl corrugated ... ... most size bottles, including Champagne, wide pinot and syrah btls, and tall cabs.  They aren't cheap but if they save you from additional storage fees it may be worth it.  We sell them to our customers who have the same problem you d Read More

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  • You can go online to  They have heavy duty 12-btl ... most ... most size bottles, including Champagne, wide pinot and syrah btles, and tall cabs.  Only problem is they ain't cheap but if they save you extra storage fees they may pay for themselve Read More

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  • My last purchase was a very unusual wine from the Champagne region but it is not a sparkling wine. It can be seen is a blend of grape juice and grape spirit similar to a Pineau de Charentes. It is 18% alchol and meant as an aperitif. When I get around to drinking it I will leave a review on here. As... Read More

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  • Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • nvesting in wine is by no means a new phenomenon. Many years before fine wine ... wines of Burgundy, Rhone, Champagne, Italy and the iconic wines of the New World are now a consideration for the collector and investor alike. From the latter part of last year and into 2014 we have seen a strengthening of market confidence. Activity has increase... Read More

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  • Champagne Alain Siret Champagne Blanc de Blancs Fut de Chene Brut NV


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    Wine review by Bella722

  • Baron-Fuente Champagne Brut Grande Reserve


    Demi-Sec is the epitome of balance-not overly sweet with good bubble structure that lasts for a while. Crisp attack. Apple flavors predominant with a bit of citrus. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • 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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