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 Noir

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

  • 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 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Champagne Pannier

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

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Krug Grande Cuvée NV

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    This champagne is certainly the 'King of Krug'. It beams elegance and the taste is simply superior to any other sparkling wine I have ever tasted. It is rich and bold, yet can be paired with the main course AND the dessert. While in Reims, I drank a bottle of Krug through my entire meal at a wonderful restaurant and it enriched every part of my ... Read More

    Wine review by berceaudunil


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    Crisp and bubbly...delicious! Read More

    Wine review by gpnguyen


  • Zardetto Prosecco Treviso DOC NV

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    Wine review by DaneB


  • Laurent Perrier Demi Sec NV

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    Wine review by Forint


  • I came across a curious report by The Chicago Tribune last week. It went like ... occasions we'd toast with "Champagne," (actually Asti Spumanti) but other than Martini & Rossi, I didn't know what else was out there. Oh boy, things sure have changed. Now, Iowans can learn to appreciate wine right at home. It isn't all about California and Ne... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Corn Belt Wine


  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne White Star Extra Dry 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jelenasandic


  • "But, is it good?" That's what I asked one of my wine reps recently. And it's ... no added sulfites, grower Champagne. It's a lot to think about as a customer, and if you're a wine-buyer it's a lot of pressure as well. Can you put philosophy in a glass? This is something I often talk about with my boyfriend, who is also a wine buyer. We t... Read More

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  • Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Blend Champagne Blue Top Brut NV

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    The champagne is a lovely dark wheat color. It releases a bouquet of warm brioche, citrus, and crisp apples. There is a slight mineral, creamy taste with a lingering finish. It went well with oysters and desserts. On its own, it has a slightly dry finish, but balances nicely when paired with food - and it can be paired with different cuisines. Read More

    Wine review by mocchiatta


  • Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Blend Champagne Blue Top Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Imperial35


  • Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Majeur NV

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    Love this champagne but too expensive Read More

    Wine review by annkan


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