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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Drappier

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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  • Thanks for the book rec, I'm sure it'd be a good read for me. Have ... ... increasingly interested in Champagne lately. Ruppert-Leroy says they are interested in showcasing the still side of Champagne instead of just bubbles, which I can appreciate (especially in this warmer era we live in), and their vineyard and management practices seem to ... Read More

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  • Had heard good things about an organically farmed (only 4-5 hectares just ... ... just ... d'Or boundary) champagne producer, Ruppert-Leroy, a while back, and I got a good impression from the Blanc de Blancs bottle I've tried of theirs. They also make a Blanc de Noirs, and another that may be a combination.In looking them up recently, I notic... Read More

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  • Plenty of coffee the next day? Not that bubbly ever gives me a bad hangover. Don't know about all that other stuff, tho... Read More

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  • Speaking of bubbles, we're going to a birthday celebration at a friends ... Bubbles on tap:NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis2002 Pierre Paillard2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut2004 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Rosé2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée2011 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Maillons2002 Domaine Macle C... Read More

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  • Al- when you sabre choose high pressure bubbly which is usually guaranteed by the traditional champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. If you must cut a charmat (sencodary fermentation outside the bottle) choose one with thick glass.EM- I love the label on the Peju and your detailed description of the flavors. Maybe this is a wi... Read More

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  • Wow, I can identify with that! I was in Berkeley in 1973-4, moved to Southern ... not yet. PS pair with cheap Champagne or California Blanc de blanc Read More

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  • Hey, BLM, let's not beat around the bush.Any and everything? Champagne! Life goes better with bubbly!! Read More

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  • Old thread I know, but wow, you guys are tough.Sushi w soy and wasabi, throw ... sashimi (less soy absorbed): Champagne, a cheap one very bubbly and without complex flavors.Blue cheese (partial to Bleu de Gex): Cote du RhoneArtichoke (dipping in mustard vinaigrette) : ChampagneBelgian chocolate: Ravenswood Old VIne Zinfandel.Don't eat the res 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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