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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

  • Ruinart

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

  • Champagne Pannier

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Taittinger Brut la Francaise NV

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    Wine review by Jestex


  • Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut NV

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    Wine review by Jestex


  • http://www.seriousaboutwine.co.za/?p=1098$275,000...really? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Expensive Champagne by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


  • Some great pictures here:http://www.notcot.com/archives/2008/09/helicoptering_o.phpLike this one of Veuve Clicquot!http://www.notcot.com/images/2008/09/helicopter16.jpg! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Helicoptering over Champagne


  • Taittinger Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Millésimé NV

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    Light biscuit nose, light mousse, floral but faint and light, not very acidic, very approachable actually Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • There isn't really a write this week?  Dan has beaten to me to a harvest blog ... ... to spend a few days in Champagne and then head to Italy for the wedding.I plan to visit a few Champagne houses, take in the sites and practice my French (tres mal).  I've emailed what feels like every Champagne house in Champagne hoping to make an appointmen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Teaser by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    Wine review by schwarznold


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Taittinger Brut Blanc de...


  • 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


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