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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Cattier

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • taittinger  

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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • '12 Ultramarine Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir Charles Heintz Vyd - This really developed over the course of 3-1/2 hrs. Great aromatics of rose petals and dried cherries. One of those wines you just keep going back and burying your nose in. Bone dry palate with surprising depth and a great mineral edge to it. This far exceeded the '11 I had last y... Read More

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  • What you really need to look for, Greg, is that version of champers called 'blanc de noirs'. You probably haven't heard of it, but in addition to the fizz it's got some ingredients you're sure to like!  ;-)Have always wondered why Sekt never gets mention here or most anywhere else. Probably because it gets snapped up internally in Germany, and d... Read More

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  • It was never my favorite style of wine but I do appreciate it from time to ... ... ... six CA versions vs six Champagnes, the CA's usually come out over the French versions.And Spain is even more interesting - Cava has the same reqs that still wines do - reserva, gran reserva, etc. The market for cava is so dominated by two firms that people ... Read More

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  • Good subject, JD. I'll revisit the thread later when I have time, and hopefully others will participate, too. Read More

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  • Looks like a winner OT, I really like the idea of PN in sparkling wine, and think it would be a more tolerable expression of it for Greg.Sekt is something I've never heard of, will have to see about finding some. Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

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  • Mailly Grand Cru Champagne Blend Champagne le Feu 2000

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  • Tonight we dined in the district again, this time at Grillfish prior to a ... ... had hors d'oeuvres and champagne!  Getting back to diner prior to the performance, we've walked past this restaurant several times on the way to the Phillips Museum in the past and we only wished we had dined here sooner.  We started with a dozen raw oysters and ... Read More

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  • Totally. I can't make any kind of a principled argument against allowing ... by Burgundy and Bordeaux and Champagne. Damn I wish I could clearly identify with one side or the other like we do with politic Read More

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  • Yes, indeed. Getting lubricated is what we are good at.  My place in ... ... hood, too.NV Wines:  Champagne, of course.  Vega Sicilia Unico, right.  But let's not forget all the solera-based wines, Ports (which are all non-vintage except the declared vintages of "vintage port" and the late-bottled ports).  I didn't say Sherry for solera, becau... Read More

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  • moet 2003

    Comment by 236580fproulx 236580 fproulx


  • Did visit a Champagne tasting event last night at Gall & Gall Oosterhout NL where our host Nick Stalpers introduced us to Michael Larnaudie and some of the Champagnes of the house Larnaudie-Hirault from Trois-Puits. We tasted some of the different caracters this house has to offer; I was very impressed, first of all about the presentation, but a...

    Comment by 315939Coldfeet 315939 Coldfeet


  • What is really good to eat with vintage moet & chandon?

    Comment by 311424Krazy Charlie 311424 Krazy Charlie


  • i live in champagne and i think that champagne of Aube or Epernay is more good than Champagne of North(reims).To finish you must drink Rosé des riceys ,it's so good

    Comment by 241087pantxi6410 241087 pantxi6410


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