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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Louis Roederer Chardonnay Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1996

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    Wine review by Jestex


  • I went to buy my favorite Champagne ( 96 Grand Dame) the other day and the wine expert highly recommended I try the Taittinger Brut instead. He said it was toastier, fuller and more unique. Just wondering whether anyone has compared? I'll probably try it next time but this time I played it safe with something I know I love. Read More

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  • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Réserve 1996

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    This is the best Champagne I've had. You'll get quickly to the nutty/pear taste and a very deep and rich finish. I go back and forth between the 96 and the slightly less expensive 98. I prefer the 96 because it's just heavier and provides more of a Champagne experience. Read More

    Wine review by mmmwine


  • Champagne Delbeck Delbeck Brut Heritage 2001

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    Wine review by abbymaller


  • Taittinger Brut la Francaise NV

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    This a a great basic champagne.TASTINGThe color is brilliant, intense yellow. The bubbles are fine. The mousse is discreet and persistant enough.The nose, very expressive and open, is both fruity and with notes of fesh bread. It exudes aromas of peach, white flowers ( acacia) and vanilla.On the palate, this lively fresh wine is at once in harmon... Read More

    Wine review by My wine


  • Moet Dom Perignon 1999

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    Wine review by jarnold101


  • Hello All -My fiancee and I are having an engagement party this weekend and we ... we would like to have some champagne to do a toast. We love champagne but our guest couldn't tell the difference between sparkling wine and real champagne. We don't want to spead the $$ for the real deal but we don't want to loose the taste and quality.My questi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne Toast


  • Hi All,As some of you know I will be in Champagne for a couple of days in September. I have been attempting to contact various Champagne houses for appointments when I visit. This has proven to be especially tough because the 'business offices' are mostly closed during August (as most European companies tend to do). So what that means is, tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne ... choices! by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Taittinger Brut la Francaise NV

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    Wine review by Jcnlv1


  • Louis Chaurey Champagne NV

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    My thoughts & notes:http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2006/11/champagne-louis-chaurey-brut-nv.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


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