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...

  • 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 Philippe Gonet

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

  • Bollinger

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

  • Laurent-Perrier

    Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier is recognised - throughout the world - as one of the finest of C...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Don't know if the OP has even checked back at all on this. But if people ... wine is but an imitation of Champagne, you are partially right. Formal production began only in 1826, and it was indeed a former employee of Veuve Clicquot who was responsible, one Georg Christian Kessler, who transported the concept to Esslingen am Neckar, just outsi... Read More

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  • I just received a gift -- a bottle of Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Brut ... ... know is that JD is a grower champagne.  What does the forum think of it and like about i Read More

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  • "Just like that, he's gone" So are all the guests and most ... stylistically alongside the Champagne. Another wine for another time. Then came some whites. I popped a magnum of '99 Mayacamas Chardonnay that I was wary was going to be OTH and it was singing. Wonderfully fresh citrus, green apple , creamy texture, lifting acid. Cali chard should... Read More

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  • I know this is supposed to be a family forum, but this happened last night. ... ... bottle to open after the Champagne so I reached for this, after about a 30-40 minute decant. Expressive nose of strawberries, stems, and rubber. Flavors repeat on the palate, which is very light on its feet, elegant and wiry. The fruit is very fresh, barely rip... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Alfred NV Champagne Classique Brut  |  6 in stock  |  $34.99 Guado al Tasso 2004 Bolgheri Superiore   |  6 in stock  |  $69.99 Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2001 Macon-Milly-Lamartine   |  2 in stock  |  $24.99 Hospices de Beaune / Gambal 2000 Meursault 1er Cru Genev... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... Cedric 2010 Champagne Infloresence Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine This is an extremely pretty wine with luxurious yet delicate, creamy texture and notes of red and purple fruits on the nose. There's almost a quality of raspberries and cream about the wine in spite of its ... Read More

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  • I saved half the bottle for dinner up in Palos Verdes...my 88 yr. old godmother ... fine type Bordeaux style of Champagne, with just a bit more exuberance from its pure fruit flavors of meyer lemon and key lime/lemon meringue pie. Also showed a very pleasing, mineral laden finish. Good medium intensity, with excellent length but one you have to... 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

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