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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

  • Bauget-Jouette

    Winegrowers and producers dating back to 1822, five generations of BAUGET-JOUETTE have created an...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Ruinart

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blanc Millenaires 1995

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    Wine review by joshzr


  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Réserve 1996

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    Some yeast, soft and well aged. Excellent balance. Delicately floral with an extended finish. Absolutely delicious. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Ruinart Champagne Blend Champagne 1996

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    First bottle way to cold: Crisp bubbles dissolving into a fine mousse. A light nose with a strange finish.Second bottle, served at the correct temperature (dont freeze the bubbly!): Much fruitier, smoother softer. Very nice. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by majasa


  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Réserve 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by majasa


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    Wine review by bartschc


  • The Pour reported yesterday that Jacques Selosse is back. I've been hearing about this Champagne for some time- it is favored not only by discerning French palates like those of my friend Eric Dubourg of Wineberry (who, himself, imports one of the most delicious Champagnes I have tasted, Gardet) to our very own guest blogger and favorite wine di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic This One Won't be on the Sale...


  • "There is something approachable, unstuffy, even friendly in a bottle of Goats ... ... Mini is an example of a Champagne-like sparkling wine that comes in a sultry single-serving can, complete with straw. Wine containers are no longer made exclusively of glass, Australias Wolf Blass has introduced plastic wine bottles, as well as smaller se... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who Benefits From the...


  • Egly Ouriet Vp Grand Cru Brut NV

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    Excellent Blanc de Noirs crisp and structured. Great acidity and minerality.The wine aged for 6 years before being disgorged in August 2006 Read More

    Wine review by Gabrio


  • Louis Roederer Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1982

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    Wine review by thatcher


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