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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  • 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 Meunier

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Dionysus and Diego, good to see you back here! Appears we need more such ... ... back room of a friend's champagne bar in Tokyo on a totally impromptu basis (again, back in the '80s). Broadbent impressed with his encyclopaedic memory. Closest I've seen to it is in a famous Japanese somm I know (Shinya Tasaki), though Broadbent was probably bet... Read More

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  • What do you think of Krug Champagne, 1928? One of the best champagne vintages apparently, but would it have been out of reach price-wise in 1939? Read More

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  • Talking of old Champagne houses I do remember that when Chuchill died in 1965 Madame Pol Roger attended his funeral and the comment was that she was greiving because she had lost her best customer. I do remember his funeral which was televised although I was only a child at the time Read More

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  • For the cocktails one useful source could be the Savoy Cocktail Book. Imagine ... by deciding on a particular champagne brand, and sticking with it from NV through to the tete de cuvee. Not sure of the exact timing, but doubt that Pol Roger's back then was called 'Winston Churchill.'Greg makes several good points, such as using economic survey... Read More

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  • Alan, you appear to be working on an interesting project, and you have posed an ... ... starting point.Regarding Champagne, there are many old houses that I think you can reliably cite, e.g., Bollinger, Krug.,Moet et Chandon, Taittinger, Veuve Clicqot.  Each of these makers offer different bottlings. I am not very knowledgeable in these but, fo... Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... ... Cour) 2015 Fleurie "Champagne" VV From vines averaging 70 years of age in the Dutraives' 1.5 hectare parcel "Champagne." Yields are extremely low, the wine ages in barrels for 12 months, of which one-quarter are new. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe berr... Read More

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  • Greg I agree with you on that fact its just that we seem to have lost people like Napagirl, and others who were quite active but who we rarely hear from Read More

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  • Most wine boards have very small participation by women. In part it's because most wine hounds tend to be men.I don't think there's any animus here or anywhere else, and if anything, this has to be one of the friendliest boards for women. Wish they'd show up more often. Read More

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  • I've been on a couple of these sites that have gone through the same cycle.  It is really important for management to keep things updated and inclusive.  Most die when the last update about a subject they might be interested is 4 yrs old or more.I realize it's free.  But a vital, active forum site is good for business.  This where things start t... Read More

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  • I wonder if Snooth Management actually exist! 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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