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...

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

  • 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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  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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  • 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

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  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    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


  • http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/05/WIEG10UI6H.DTLChampers is usually blended, but Krug has started to offer a single plot release. At $3,500 not many of us will ever taste it, but its a pretty interesting break from tradition considering the standard Krug releases may be a blend of over 100 different wines of theirs. Read More

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  • Roeder Brut Premiere Premier 5 NV

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    Wine review by Snoothsayer42373


  • Billecart-Salmon Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Rosé NV

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  • Henriot Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 1999

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  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin la Grande Dame Champagne Original Presentation Box 1989

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  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rare Vintage Rose 1999

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  • On the pointlessness of dinner parties: "After all, what is your hosts' purpose ... ... they'd have simply sent Champagne and women over to your place by taxi." P.J. O'Rourke.Vintage Humor for Wine Lovers by Malcolm Kushner is an eclectic collection of jokes, snippets, quotes, stories, lists and other aggregations from around the world of wine... Read More

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