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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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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  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Lanson

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

  • Laurent-Perrier

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Louis Roederer Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1999

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    The first and last time I ever had Cristal was at my sister's wedding in Maui ... ... It is simply my favorite champagne. Up until that time I had tried DP and earlier in college drank Veuve when we wanted to be extra fancy. I wouldn't say no now to DP if it was offered to me. But really just don't like the taste of Veuve Cliquo Read More

    Wine review by jaws1970


  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or 1997

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    Delicate Champagne in a unique packaging.nose really around white flowers, elegantthen round in mouth, buttery and quite long finishI was expecting more toast/oak but this is quite well done. Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Taittinger Brut Prélude Grand Crus Champagne NV

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    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Taittinger Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Millésimé NV

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    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Moutard Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée NV

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    A feminine expression to say the least. With it's bright floral and citrus nose gently tinged with light tones of yeast and face powder. In the mouth this is lacy with a fine mousse and good depth. Elegant and light with citrus, lemon blossom and apricot tones that are enhanced by the brisk acidity which leads through to a long, minerally finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I had a nice dinner last night at New York Citys Whym, review posted here;The ... the evening with a pait of Champagne.The Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee ls a feminine expression to say the least. With it's bright floral and citrus nose gently tinged with light tones of yeast and face powder. In the mouth this is lacy with a fine mousse and good dep... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner notes from Whym....


  • Champagne Louis Barthélémy-Brut Amethyste Louis Barthélémy NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by trkravtin


  • A.R. Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc 1996

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    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • When I last left off I was doing my best to stay awake in Reims to adjust to ... Reims to an area I dubbed Champagne Central.  Within a 5 mile radius you have some of the most famous names in Champagne; Veuve Clicquot, Charles Heidsieck (Piper-Heidsieck), Pommery, Taittinger, Louis Roeder and Krug.  In that same radius there are numerous other... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth Blog European... by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé Vintage Reserve NV

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    Wine review by dpj1973


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