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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Charles De Cazanove

    Champagne Charles de Cazanove is synonymous of Family and dedication and today reveals a unique e...

  • Charles Ellner

    It is interesting to note that "Charles Emile ELLNER" the founder of the House, began acquiring s...

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Mark, when talking about the 'other stuff'' was referring to the possibility of what the Japanese call "2nd day drunk", not the quality of sensation the night before.  ;-) Read More

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  • JD- Very cool article, thanks. Many of the 2nd fermentation outside the bottle ... bottle ... The Science of Champagne" by G. Liger-Belair, physics professor at University of Reim Read More

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  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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  • Thanks for the book rec, I'm sure it'd be a good read for me. Have ... ... increasingly interested in Champagne lately. Ruppert-Leroy says they are interested in showcasing the still side of Champagne instead of just bubbles, which I can appreciate (especially in this warmer era we live in), and their vineyard and management practices seem to ... Read More

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  • Had heard good things about an organically farmed (only 4-5 hectares just ... ... just ... d'Or boundary) champagne producer, Ruppert-Leroy, a while back, and I got a good impression from the Blanc de Blancs bottle I've tried of theirs. They also make a Blanc de Noirs, and another that may be a combination.In looking them up recently, I notic... Read More

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  • Plenty of coffee the next day? Not that bubbly ever gives me a bad hangover. Don't know about all that other stuff, tho... Read More

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  • Speaking of bubbles, we're going to a birthday celebration at a friends ... Bubbles on tap:NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis2002 Pierre Paillard2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut2004 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Rosé2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée2011 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Maillons2002 Domaine Macle C... Read More

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  • Al- when you sabre choose high pressure bubbly which is usually guaranteed by the traditional champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. If you must cut a charmat (sencodary fermentation outside the bottle) choose one with thick glass.EM- I love the label on the Peju and your detailed description of the flavors. Maybe this is a wi... Read More

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  • Wow, I can identify with that! I was in Berkeley in 1973-4, moved to Southern ... not yet. PS pair with cheap Champagne or California Blanc de blanc Read More

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    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...

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  • 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

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