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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Varietals Produced in Champagne View all

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

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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...

  • 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

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Mark, they fell from use as the CA wine industry (and then elsewhere in the ... ... like Burgundy, Chablis, Champagne, etc. What earlier Englishpersons would've called 'Hock' (in the era of 'Claret' for Bordeaux).Plenty of Sylvaner grown and bottled in Alsace, to Read More

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  • Henri Giraud Brut Grand Cru Homage Francois Hemart

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  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... the ... the wines, also.  Try Champagne with oysters, sometime.  To my way of thinking, the best match for Champagne.  I'm not sure that Champagne beats Muscadet with oysters (again, you chose wisely, there), but it certainly raises the festivity factor.Last night, Peggy and I dr... Read More

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  • Yes, two plates of a dozen each, with 3 selections on each plate.  That ... ...  We should try champagne with oysters.  I know we've had sparkling wines and they work well too.  Below is a picture of the other plate.  It sounds like you and Peggy had a great time too.  Pinot Blanc?  I don't think I have tried that yet.  This is interesting:  ... Read More

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  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about ... ... bubbling up all over France. Champagne is only a drop in the bucket compared to overall production around the country. But they've been superb at branding, more branding and grabbing then directing eyeballs and controlling mind space. Marketing 101 (followed by upper ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • Funny how they just suddenly "bubbled up" to the surface.But all in ... ... than "real" champagne, and had its own PR team. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, unless someone can come up with some winning thread-jacking here.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s sometimes difficult to hold your tongue. Mainly because Cremant de Bourgogne is made in the very same way as those much more expensive wines produced by our neighbors to the north. A well-made Cremant is a joy. A wine you can pull out for any occasion at a fraction of the price of the mi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • My name is Sue.  I just joined Snooth, so I really don't know much ... and my favorite is a bubbly Champagne wine.  Locally, here in Maryland I love CupCake wines.  Other than that, don't know what else to say, except "HELLO TO ALL WINE LOVERS" Read More

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  • Another lifetime ago I worked at Korbel Champagne as a blending cellar man, filtration guy and for a stint as a brandy rectifier. We had a bottle of Korbel Brut languishing in the cellar so we popped the cork. I continue to be impressed with the consistent quality of their sparkling wine. For the money, I don't think they can be beat. We had gri... Read More

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  • Perhaps not completely different, but different enough. Of the hundreds, ... ... toward the end, kind of like champagne or a sparkling wine. At first, served warm (couldn't wait), I was getting aggressive dry and sweet notes at once. After chilling it down, the wine is starting to drink much better, real nice mineral impressions, the acidity i... 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

    Comment by 241087pantxi6410 241087 pantxi6410


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