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...

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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...

  • 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 Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

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  • http://tysonstelzer.com/articles/its-official-australia-loves-champagne/Incredible the Aussie take up of ChampagneSadly it is a case of the brand Power of the "Superbubbles" against the very good local productAlways an interesting debate around consumption of local v importGood Local NV is 18-25 with Mumm/Piper Heidsick/Lanson/Moet NV's 40-50 [A... Read More

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  • THE LOBSTER AND CHAMPAGNE PARTY WAS HELD HERE!  The island is owned by the father of my daughter, the wonderful doctor who married me many moons ago!  Wines and champagnes served by our resort are often quite modest but of a very high standard.  The cocktail bar in the ocean serves quite an exceptional range of interesting combinations; many are... Read More

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  • RCKR 1951......YOU HAVE ME CRAVING FOR PINK SALMON NOW!!YES- WITH PINOT NOIR!WHICH PINOT NOIR DO YOU SUGGEST, RCKR 1951? Read More

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  • Nearly one year ago, I gave my daughter an intimate birthday party on our ... ... on our ... It was a LOBSTER CHAMPAGNE PARTY!   I chose that type of party, because lobster and champagne comprised part of the meal which I shared with her loving father, soon after we first met! On our honeymoon, we also had a few lobster and champagne sessions... 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?

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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

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