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

  • Champagne Montaudon Reserve Premier Mags NV

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  • Krug Grande Cuvée NV

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Top Food and Wine Pairings


  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne NV

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    Wine review by carynmccle


  • Billecart-Salmon Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Rosé NV

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    Wine review by oivcfhj09


  • Moet Dom Perignon 1999

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    really delicious. crispy with nice floral overtones. delicate balance. you can taste the barrel. Read More

    Wine review by kentgoldman


  • I recently (re)watched the movie High Fidelity with John Cusack. The basic ... Krug Clos du Mesnil Vintage champagne is something a really appreciate. After years of having bad champagne or sparkling wine at weddings I finally understand what good champagne is. Krug Clos du Mesnil is a rarity amongst rare Champagne. It is a vintage single... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Wine Top 10 List by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Hi folksI'm no doubt the first new member for 08/08 as I live in Auckland, New ... find comments about Drappier Champagne, a case of which I am about to purchase on special at a local wine retalier 'Glengarry'.Seems like one of the best sites I've come accross - I have approx 200 others bookmarked!Pleased to answer queries on NZ's growing sel... Read More

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