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...

  • Burger Grape

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  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Drappier

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Lanson

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

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Baron-Fuente Champagne Brut Grande Reserve

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    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

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  • V V - That Cotes-du-Rhone wine does look tasty to me, and an excellent pairing ... plate and four glasses of champagne.  I was planning on getting Sandra and myself a glass of champagne anyway, so that saved me a few more bucks.  Debbie and Rick ordered Martini's to start and they weren't really interested in the champagne - so Rick gave me hi... Read More

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  • Well DV, the part I liked was where you put duct tape on the bottles. That ... ... bottles, last night we had a Champagne, Gruner Veltliner, Brunello, Blaufrankisch from Hungary and a Cab from Veneto and finisned a 1/2 bottle of Chardonnay. That was for 4 people. Night before it was another Champagne, 97 Napa Cab, another Brunello, Australian ... Read More

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  • It's a budgetary thing. Gallo owning J has absolutely no effect on the wine ... A reasonably priced grower champagne would be nice but availability is key as we are 4 weeks awa Read More

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  • I've got a case and a half of miscellaneous proper Champagne I inherited from that auction over here right now, though don't see how I can get it to you.  ;-(J sparkling while it was still part of Jordan was served a lot at the Reagan White House. I would've wanted to attend (if at all) on the days when Schramsberg was served instead. The stuff ... Read More

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  • Anyway it's Plano. 'nuff said.   ;-)Yep! Read More

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  • Al - if not world heritage, maybe some kind of landmark status! Check this guy out:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/07/07/texas-pool-landmark-status-plano/29816003/ Read More

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  • Well, heck.  It sounded like good news to me.  Given what you said, I'm going to fill out an application for a virtual world heritage site - my web site!   Read More

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  • D - I think the folks in Champagne were a little nervous because the vineyards had been used as garbage dumps for Paris and Reims and well, who has a dump designated a world heritage site? But then again some of them figured, why not? Read More

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  • I could see East Texas and West Texas fighting over who gets the deep end.Anyway it's Plano. 'nuff said.   ;-)   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...

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  • 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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