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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • 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...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • 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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  • World Heritage sites are now like whatever part of the human anatomy you want ... ... Rain period.Not that Champagne is like that, of course. The French have too much taste to apply for such status for the dives of Marseille or Toulogne. Though they have focused not just on their medieval buildings but also on farmland. St. Emilion got that s... Read More

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  • Now this is very interesting.  We were just in Burgundy this past April.  I didn't know they were up for consideration as a World Heritage site. Read More

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  • An interesting-looking event in NYC. Wasn't aware Bonné had migrated ... ... will focus on the Jura, Champagne, and Beaujolais.In order to facilitate a more in-depth and interactive tasting, we request that you RSVP to office@chambersstwines.com for one the following time slots: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, and 6:30pm. This is a rare opportunity to taste... Read More

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  • This morning is the start of a busy day so I ground some ... tried to label it the 'champagne' of teas). Finest Ceylon tea in my book. Definitely no milk.  Kilimanjaro coffee plantation. I like the Kenyan versions better than the Tanzanian, since they tend to round out with more body to balance the acidity, though both are good. Look for S28 cu... Read More

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  • De Cazanove Brut Rose NV

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Krug Brut Vintage 1996

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    Wine review by Misterbv


  • So JD - Happy Anniversary.  I'm curious about the connection of the Louis Roederer Champagne house and the vineyards in Anderson Valley, California (which we visited in 2012).  I don't see a reference to the US production on the French web site.  I loved the 2007 Pinot Noir that we tasted at the Roederer Estate Winery.  Also, do you still have t... Read More

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  • 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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