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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Drappier

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

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Mumm Champagne "Extra Dry" NV

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    Wine review by snoothWalk


  • Vangelis was good before Gallo got to him.  Just like they ruined all ... ... to add those wire cages to Champagne. Now that's what I call thread drift!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Other movies with wine as a major thematic element--haven't seen a couple ... ... many others with wine, champagne, etc. as part of the setting; some even may be good cinema and the type of movie you might want to see more than once! E.g.:CasablancaNotoriousAn Affair to Remember (Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr version, with their pink champagne)Dr. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine in the Movies!


  • Hello fellow wine enthusiasts, I got a bottle from a friend, at auction ($). I ... want to serve 3 courses and champagne, so I want another bottle of wine to serve as well. Thanks in advanc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Castello di Gabbiano 2006...


  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... a pinch maybe a fino, though champagne can work, sometimes other bubbly, even if flat and shallow cavas and proseccos just get steamrolled.7) soy sauce: sake works, beer works, shochu works, shaosing wine works. Almost no vitis vinifera wine known to man can surv... Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne NV

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    A quick nose of yeast, but opens immediately into something beautiful, pear, ... and macadamia....a perfect champagn Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... funny, there's Bordeaux, Champagne, France, Spain, Chianti, Italy . . .Then the French have the subsidies and protections, courtesy of all the other taxpayers. Wasn't the entire purpose of the European Coal and Steel Community pretty much a ploy to get German money ... Read More

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  • Try something like Krug Grande Cuvee in comparison to another tete de cuvee ... of tart, acidic, and lemony Champagnes that don't give me a bit more "oomph". My "house" Champagnes are Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, and Piper Heidsieck.  I do very much enjoy Agrapart's fabulous Sept Crus, a blanc de blancs NV that, in certain d... Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2000

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    This 2000 vintage grand cru releases toast, honey and apple scent on the nose and brings some power to the mouth by virtue of the Pinot Noir component. Lots of brioche, almond and vanilla on the finish. Drink now with light entrees. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hola!Following a recent trip to Epernay and the Mercier House where they have ... was wondering how different champagne would have been before the introduction of stainless steel or concrete vats? I am assuming that the wines were pressed and stored in oak (or wood of some sort) which would presumably had a fairly significant impact on the fin... Read More

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  • moet 2003

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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?

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  • 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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