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...

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • 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...

  • Charles De Cazanove

    Champagne Charles de Cazanove is synonymous of Family and dedication and today reveals a unique e...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • 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

  • Krug Rosé NV

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    Wine review by sdelaney


  • Rose Ruinart Brut Rose Select Size Ruinart Brut Rose NV

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    Wine review by brownbare


  • Moet Dom Perignon 1999

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    Fresh, crispy, herbaceous fresh, good excelent long final. Read More

    Wine review by Fausto Lopez


  • Dom Perignon Champagne Cuvee Vintage Rose 1996

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    Excelent year 96. fresh, elegant,yeasty, very complex flavors one of the best I have ever tasted Read More

    Wine review by Fausto Lopez


  • Aviz Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Jacquesson 2000

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    Made from Chardonnay from three grand cru vineyards. Again, golden with greenish tinge to it. Aromas of dough with apricot which was also reflected in the taste. Read More

    Wine review by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Champagne Jacquesson & Fils Brut 1997

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    Golden with a slight greenish hue. Classic yeasty and dough aromas. Complex wine with doughy, nutty flavors with underlying fruit. Read More

    Wine review by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 733 NV

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    Golden in color with pear, apricot and lemon aromas. Tart green apple flavors, very crisp with great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Two words: Jet lag.It is the torture that many people, including myself, must ... and do the following: Visit Champagne and visit at least one small producer and one big producer Make to Italy in time for the weddingDepending on which of my friends you talk to, the main event of my trip was either of the two items.  I was off for 10 days and h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic European Vacation Part I by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne 1986

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    Powerful almond note with great elegance. Out of magnum, very creamy and fresh ... great acidity. A classic champagne at a great point in its life. If I had any more I'd drink it no Read More

    Wine review by sidenote


  • Champagne Pommery Cuvée Louise Millésimé 1979

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    Spectacular champagne with lots of richness. Honey, hazelnuts, and a dense, pastry-like nose. Not as bubbly as a younger wine perhaps but when I tasted it in 2007 it was still vibrant. I've been warned that it will probably lose its bubbles soon. Read More

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