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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Ruinart

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage Champagne 1 .5 Litres 1995


    I must say that both my wife and I were quite unimpressed with Cristal. Dom Perignon has never let us down, but Cristal simply was not as smooth, flavorful, or enjoyable. Frankly, we prefer many lower-priced bottles than Dom to Cristal, which was, surprisingly, a severe disappointment that definitely did not live up to the tremendous hype. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne Original Presentation Box 1998


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV


    I appreciate the sparkles and lightness of this brut, but overall nothing exceptional Read More

    Wine review by zbo225

  • Krug Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1962


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  • Veuve Clicquot 1990


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    Wine review by phlox

  • I've been in sort of a cooking funk the past few days. This is most likely ... ... the bar for some oysters and champagne? "But wait", you say! No, you, my friends, are right. Why not belly up to the bar for some oysters and champagne? Well that's good and all (and really, I actually enjoy a decent red such as a decent Pacific Northwest Syrah)... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fish Be Braised

  • Yelled at me across a commercial kitchen, Friday night. For a moment I thought ... drone (I used Gin infused Champagne for that!) and actually concentrate on observing how they act in similar situations. Thats where you'll learn somethin Read More

    Forum post in the topic You're ruining it by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Roederer Cristal 2000


    Good champage, had it for my college graduation. It just seemed to fit. Read More

    Wine review by gryfgrl

  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne NV


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    Wine review by JessicaWeaver

  • Louis Roederer Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1999


    1999 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut 6/10/2007. Having had this wine with my friend at our private outdoor party. It really did dazzled both of us. After accidentally spilling first glass on brand new hand made Persian rugs we sipped this wine with great enjoyment - it was a jaw dropping experience: the lemon citrus is very palpable, also ... Read More

    Wine review by Cultwine

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