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

  • Pinot Meunier

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  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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...

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  • Drappier

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • I am now inspired as we have a long weekend in most of Australia this weekend ... the night will start with Champagne [I will sneak in a mandatory cleansing ale to wash away the days coffee] journey to Riesling, maybe Chardonnay, definitely Pinot Noir before a mandatory Shiraz and maybe depending on flow a Cab with cheese at the endSo tonight ... Read More

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  • DThe d'Yquem is actually the legendary 1847 last sale was EUR75,000 by a KL ... they are now I do love champagne and we did a quartet of 96's for my wifes 50th Salon, Krug, Dom Perignon and Roederer CristalMy Burgundy experience is still very limited with best to date being 99 and 02 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques - they did ... Read More

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  • The beginningWe were at Georges on Waymouth at 10 Waymouth Street in the centre ... then a gladd of Drappier NV Champagn Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... CollectionSalon, Champagne, 1995 $675/76,000 JPY (GREAT DEAL!!!)Cht. Sociando-Mallet, Bordeaux, 2001  $60/7,000 JPYE.A.R.L. Pierre Ussegilo & Fils, Res des Freres CNP, 2005 $140/15,000 JPY each or 3 bottles $220/25,000 JPYDom Pierre Ussegulio, Cuvee de mon Aieul, CNP... Read More

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  • RBA:  For magnums, just use a couple boxes and stack them inside ... ... bottle) column and various champagne/magnum rack Read More

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  • This is the Buddha that purports to save the world.I think he needs to get up ... planned to bring a bottle of champagne, but was a little worried about the provenance of what I had put aside, so we opted for a Gloria Ferrer sparkling instead. Figured we could use it for mimosas or take it straight.  It was really quite good for the money.Nice... Read More

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  • Moët & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne NV

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    Light and lively strawberry cranberry and cherry fruit aromas are framed by a bit of toast. Festive and smooth, this brings a delightful, delicate mouthfeel and more ripe strawberry notes, pink grapefruit and citrus pith with a creamy finish that delivers more tart cranberry and an herbal undernote. Read More

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  • Shramsberg is local Napa, arguably the best domestic US bubbly, and that includes every effort from the French transplants. From the mid-60s the Davies updated one of the early Napa vineyards and made the smart decision to focus on sparkling, which then evolved to become one of the first US wines to get press whereby the president (Reagan at the... 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!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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