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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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...

  • 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 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

  • Lanson

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

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

  • Ruinart

    Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Founded by ...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • 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

  • Laurent Perrier Demi Sec NV

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    Wine review by Forint


  • I came across a curious report by The Chicago Tribune last week. It went like ... occasions we'd toast with "Champagne," (actually Asti Spumanti) but other than Martini & Rossi, I didn't know what else was out there. Oh boy, things sure have changed. Now, Iowans can learn to appreciate wine right at home. It isn't all about California and Ne... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Corn Belt Wine


  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne White Star Extra Dry 2005

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  • "But, is it good?" That's what I asked one of my wine reps recently. And it's ... no added sulfites, grower Champagne. It's a lot to think about as a customer, and if you're a wine-buyer it's a lot of pressure as well. Can you put philosophy in a glass? This is something I often talk about with my boyfriend, who is also a wine buyer. We t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Biodynamic, Natural,...


  • Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Blend Champagne Blue Top Brut NV

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    The champagne is a lovely dark wheat color. It releases a bouquet of warm brioche, citrus, and crisp apples. There is a slight mineral, creamy taste with a lingering finish. It went well with oysters and desserts. On its own, it has a slightly dry finish, but balances nicely when paired with food - and it can be paired with different cuisines. Read More

    Wine review by mocchiatta


  • Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Blend Champagne Blue Top Brut NV

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    Wine review by Imperial35


  • Bollinger Champagne Blanc de Noir 1999

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    Wine review by rachsyme


  • Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée NV

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    Love this champagne but too expensive Read More

    Wine review by annkan


  • Krug Rosé Rosé Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay NV

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    An excellent champagne, only topped by certain vintage editions. Read More

    Wine review by marko


  • A few years ago if anyone had said "Vertical Limit" to me I would have ... ... ... their Vertical Limit Champagne Cellar. Scoring very high on the 'cool factor', only 15 of these beauties have been made. Fashioned entirely by hand, these sleek units will retail for an impressive $70,000. I say retail, but they've all been pre-sold, so put y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vertical Limit by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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