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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Charles Ellner

    It is interesting to note that "Charles Emile ELLNER" the founder of the House, began acquiring s...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Impérial 1992


    Exceptionally soft and rich which is well balanced by its acidity. Very light, but completely carries itself from start to finish. Read More

    Wine review by yishimcgee

  • Taittinger Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Millésimé NV


    Very fresh and fragrant on the nose, with fine bubbles and beautiful color. Subtle hints of fruit, especially mild citrus. Read More

    Wine review by yishimcgee

  • Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Champagne Original Presentation Box 1998


    A wonderful champagne, light, crisp, and warm with a lovely light golden color. Bubbles were plentiful and effervescent. Slightly nutty and very well-rounded. Read More

    Wine review by yishimcgee

  • Mumms Cordon Rouge Premier 5 NV


    Awesome light and crisp Champagne. Was great with the baked oysters. Read More

    Wine review by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews

  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Piccolo144

  • I went to a Veuve Clicquot event recently, which marked the launch of their ... ... uplighter, yet keeps the champagne cool (somehow).Its $4,500, but with a whip round we could share one? mean, look how sleek it is....! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Veuve Clicquot things = Want! by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Jacquesson Brut Cuvée 730 NV


    Smooth ...Very Smooth. Read More

    Wine review by bollux73

  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV


    No written review

    Wine review by bollux73

  • In an Octopuses' wine cellar, you see.My rhyming skills aside; wine producers ... week one of France's oldest champagne houses, Louis Roederer, sent divers to place several dozen bottles of its Brut Premier on the seabed of Saint-Malo bay. In a year's time experts will assess if it has matured with a different or better taste than in the tradi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Id like to be, under the sea..

  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV


    Dependable but generally not spectacular, this champagne appeals to a wide audience with it's "up the fairway" taste. A solid fallback when you are looking for a label you recognize and an easy choice when you're bringing a bottle for someone as a gift. Read More

    Wine review by tomkarlo

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