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...

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  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

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  • Moet Dom Perignon 1999

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • Champagne Montaudon Reserve Premier Mags NV

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    Wine review by shanelle


  • Krug Grande Cuvée NV

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    Wine review by rnespola


  • Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs 1999

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    Wine review by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


  • Zardetto Prosecco Treviso DOC NV

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    This Sparkling Wine is a great bottle to have on hand. There is always a reason ... ... hits the spot. For a non champagne based wine it is full of appricot and apple fruit. Smaller size bubbles (which is what you want), and it has a great crisp finsish. It goes great with fresh fried calamari and chinese food!!! We always have it for New Year Read More

    Wine review by BCoyle


  • Inspired by John of Loxton Cellars, who posted his ten top wines of all time if ... Oh my god. Enough said. From Champagne to Lambrusco, I support bubbles and fat. Check out some serious research:http://vindelatable.blogspot.com/2008/07/potato-chips-and-sparkling-wine-k-i-s-s.html5.    Chenin Blanc and Almost Anything, Especially Spicy Anything... Read More

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