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

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne Original Presentation Box 1998

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    This was a fantastic bottle of spectacular champagne. Out of curiosity, the first bottle we opened of '98 had gone sour, but a bottle from the same case was spectacular. It had a pleasant citrus aroma and mild tartness on the tongue along with spectacular tiny bubbles. Just like it is supposed to be! Read More

    Wine review by mattcoats


  • Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne Original Presentation Box 1998

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    Pale yellow. An enticing blend of red berries, with the initial notes of fresh almond and grapefruit gradually leading into cashew nut and spices complemented by lightly toasted brioche on the nose. The satiny texture unfolds on the palate, embracing and caressing it. Momentary weightlessness with a vibrating finish arousing the taste buds with ... Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo7


  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Réserve 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by Imperial6


  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Réserve 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by daperis


  • Krug Rosé Rosé Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by daperis


  • Krug Rosé Rosé Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay NV

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    This is an extraordinary Champagne. A dry brut, the distinctive flavour in Krug Grande Cuvée comes from the 'oakiness' that arises from barrel fermentation. If you can get past its hefty price tag, the unique taste of Krug Grande Cuvée is one that you will never forget. Read More

    Wine review by cruelacid


  • Laurent Perrier Demi Sec NV

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    I have to say that Laurent-Perrier is simply not my style of Champagne. It is very light and crisp but lacks the fruity flavour that I enjoy in other non-vintage champagnes such as Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label. Perhaps you will enjoy this much more than I did but for me this is severely overpriced. Read More

    Wine review by cruelacid


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    A very good Champagne that won't fail to please. The Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label is blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir almost half and half with only a touch of Pinot Meunier. This mix is very classical with a good amount of Chardonnay in it (of which I am a big fan of). For Champagnes in the same price range however, I prefer... Read More

    Wine review by cruelacid


  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Réserve 1996

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    Grande in every sense of the word Read More

    Wine review by Tomwil1


  • Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rose 1995

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mckie


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