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...

  • 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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

  • Champagne Pannier

    Champagne PANNIER was founded by Louis Eugene Pannier in 1899, in Dizy, next to Epernay. In 1937,...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

  • Champagne de la Rosière

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

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